Choicepoint Roundup, April 13
- Internet News has one of many reports on the latest breaches, this one titled “Feinstein Tightens ID Theft Proposal”
- Bob Sullivan at MSNBC reports on background checks:
But experts say the nationwide tallies are often full of holes, and contain as few as 70 percent of all felony conviction records, leading in turn to a false sense of security.
“We’ve done tests, and the national databases have a 41 percent error rate,” [Rhonda Taylor, CEO of Intellisense Corp] said. “(There is) a glaring issue related to a false sense of security if that information is relied upon with no other investigative tools.”
- The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports “Feds dependent on data brokers
The FBI says it trains agents before they can use ChoicePoint’s database to ensure the data isn’t misused or abused. Hoofnagle disputed that, citing documents the obtained by the Privacy Information Center.
“There was almost no evidence of controls to prevent agency employees from misusing the databases,” he said.
My Choicepoint category archive includes extensive coverage of the most recent Choicepoint ID theft issue.