Choicepoint's Custom Products

I appreciate all the notes you’ve been sending me telling me about “FBI, Pentagon pay for access to trove of public records.” I’d love to have something insightful to add to this, but I don’t. Ryan Singel has a bit more:

The article, which relies on heavily redacted documents acquired through an open government request, raises questions about whether the Privacy Act — which largely prevents secret databases on American citizens — means anything if the government can simply outsource that data collection to a company like ChoicePoint.

If you’re surprised that the US has no effective privacy law, I suggest you read more of the archives.