Earlier this week, El Universal reported that enormous databases of personal information, ranging from phone numbers to vehicle numbers, are for sale in Tepito, the infamous Mexico City neighborhood that functions as a little slice of the Tri-Border Area in the middle of DF. The memory sticks on which the information costs around $12,000, according to the report. This provoked an apology yesterday from Leo Zuckermann, who last week had chastised Mexicans who didn't register their cell phones because they didn't have faith in the government's ability to handle the personal info responsibly.
He followed that up today with a column wondering why this isn't a greater scandal. I think Zuckermann's faith (and mine) that stuff like that this shouldn't and won't happen (at least, not often) is part of the explanation; I imagine for lots of Mexicans this just confirms their worst suspicions.