Choicepoint Roundup for Today
- The Associated Press has a story “Burned by ChoicePoint breach, potential ID theft victims face a lifetime of vigilance” (actually, we all face a lifetime of vigilance, as these companies make buckets of money by gossiping about us.). The money quote:
Many victims are dumbfounded by the dearth of federal and state laws aimed at protecting their credit histories and other information about them that data brokers gather and sell to institutions including news organizations, banks and, increasingly, companies vetting prospective employees. Victims are also frustrated by the amount of time it takes to re-establish identities.
- How can I not link to an article titled “Lycos and meet-markets are latest thieves of personal identities, souls and dreams“?
- Cutting Edge of Ecstasy
draws a choice quote from this NYTimes story. On Feb 16th, Chuck Jones said:
‘California is the focus of the investigation and we don’t have any evidence to indicate at this point that the situation has spread beyond California.’ Is he the same guy that wrote their slogan?
- The US Senate will be holding hearings on information brokerage. (Via this Wired roundup story. I expect bad law will be the result. It’s too bad that these companies have dug in their heels, rather than collaborating on a much needed law to regulate themselves.)
- The New York Times has more on Senator Schumer’s position.
- Monkey McGee gets a Choicepoint press release dumped in his comments.
- Mercury Rising comments that the mainstream media isn’t covering the Florida debacle, in which Choicepoint played an important role.
- Public Domain Progress has a nice roundup interspersed with lots of analysis.
- The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Choicepoint execs have been dumping their own stock since this started.