For my own, selfish reasons, I would LOVE to see an online application system. The current system works just fine when you live in, or close to the state. But, a lot can go wrong as far as timing your mailing when you are forced to live half a country away.
As for not wanting your info exposed online, I get it, but...any info you give to virtually any agency is going to be stored on a computer these days and open to hacking. Ever check into a hospital? Your info is going on a computer. Ever file a claim with the VA? Same. Store money at a brick and mortar bank (they have to interact with the Federal Reserve to operate)? Same. Order a passport through the Department of State? Same.
Virtually nothing in this world is done with out computers touching your info at some level, and most of it is exposed - directly or indirectly - to the internet and all of its evils. It's just the reality of the computer age. I say this as a guy who has for 100% certain had his personal info stolen when the Office of Personnel Management was hacked few years ago. They sent me a letter saying (in so many words) that my security clearance info (my SS #, where I've lived, where I went to school, etc.) was assuredly in the hands of an unintended third party. That is: Russia, China, North Korea, whoever. I simply keep a credit/personal info monitoring subscription with LifeLock and and move on. If I worried about it everyday, it would be paralyzing.
Last edited by Six-Gun; 06-20-2019 at 01:37 AM.