So part of Choicepoint’s settlement with the FTC was a $5m fund to compensate their victims. Now, there were 167,000 victims, of whom 800+ had their identities abused by fraudsters. None have gotten any money: Jessica Rich, assistant director of the FTC’s division of privacy and identity theft, said in a statement released to AP…Read More Worse Than Choicepoint: The FTC?
A few weeks back, I corrected an error in a post about Choicepoint. Choicepoint also corrected an error, see “Job seeker loses opportunity after inaccurate background check” for details: “Well, first they said, ‘Something was wrong with your background check,’” she said. “I said, ‘What is wrong with it? What is wrong with my background…Read More Choicepoint, while we're correcting errors
In response to “Choicepoint Spins off Three Businesses,” Choicepoint spokesperson Matt Furman sent the following: It is factually incorrect to describe ChoicePoint or its subsidiary, Bode Technology Group, as attempting to “amass a DNA database.” Bode’s clients are almost entirely government laboratories that are trying to solve crimes and identify victims as well as felony…Read More Choicepoint Correction
From their press release: ALPHARETTA, Ga., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS – News) today announced its intent to divest various businesses resulting from its company-wide strategic review. The previously disclosed review process resulted in the company adopting a new strategic focus on helping customers manage economic or physical risks, as well as the…Read More Choicepoint Spins off 3 Businesses
Another new measure: ChoicePoint this month created a security advisory committee comprised of DiBattiste, the company’s CIO, head of internal audit, the chief business officer, chief marketing officer, chief administrative officer and general counsel. The group meets regularly “to ensure we’re hitting every aspect of security and privacy,” says DiBattiste. “One of the lessons we…Read More What Choicepoint Learned
Although the federal government and local law enforcement agencies nationwide use private data brokers, the FBI said that practices used by these companies to gather private phone records without warrants or subpoenas is illegal, according to an Associated Press article on Chron.com. A senior FBI lawyer, Elaine N. Lammert, told lawmakers the bureau was still…Read More The FBI's Use of Data Brokers
Pete Lindstrom is looking at an important set of questions: How likely is it that a given breach will result in harm to a person? What’s the baseline risk? Data is nonexistent on these questions, which means we get to throw around our pet theories. For example, we know of 800 ID thefts from the…Read More How Damaging is a Breach?
This is: the snooping into your phone bill is just the snout of the pig of a strange, lucrative link-up between the Administration’s Homeland Security spy network and private companies operating beyond the reach of the laws meant to protect us from our government. You can call it the privatization of the FBI — though…Read More Two Minutes Hate: Choicepoint
Ever wonder if banks are required to tell customers when their systems are hacked? You may be shocked to learn that they are not. Wow. Fifteen months since Choicepoint, and that’s being written? There’s a new set of expectations out there, and it hasn’t taken long to set. Thank you, Choicepoint. The quote leads an…Read More Breach Notification, the New Normal, and a New Metaphor
The deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security was arrested last night on charges that he used the Internet to seduce an undercover Florida sheriff’s detective who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. Brian J. Doyle, 55, was arrested at his Silver Spring home at 7:45 p.m.…Read More DHS Spokesman Brian J. Doyle Arrested