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Hacking Government Data


In June of 2015, the press reported that hackers had accessed data kept by the federal government on millions of current employees and retirees. The data breach was thought to include not only social security numbers, but also work history, salary, benefits, and training data.

The biggest concern following these press reports concerns which of the following AP® Computer Science Principles standards?


The effective use of large data sets requires computational solutions.


Maintaining privacy of large data sets containing personal information can be challenging.


Software tools, including spreadsheets and databases, help to efficiently organize and find trends in information.


Transforming information can be effective in communicating knowledge gained from data.