Choicepoint

Mountain View, CA., April 1 /PRNewswire/ — Google today announced plans to acquire Alpharetta, GA based Choicepoint. Choicepoint, 2005 winner of the “Lifetime Acheivement” Big Brother award, is a data warehouser which collects information on everyone it possibly can, and re-sells it widely. “Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally…

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How are True.com’s Valentine’s Day e-mails targeted? Very simply: one version of their e-mail targets black singles, another targets East Indian lonely hearts, and other versions target the Asian and Hispanic loveless. (Our multi-cultural bots were lucky enough to get one of each). There’s nothing wrong with that on the surface. But we wondered how…

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It’s been a year since Choicepoint fumbled their disclosure that Nigerian con man Olatunji Oluwatosin had bought personal information about 160,000 Americans. Bob Sullivan broke the story in “Database giant gives access to fake firms,” and managed to presage much of what’s happened in the opening paragraphs of his story: Last week, the company notified…

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Atlanta-based data aggregator ChoicePoint today agreed to pay $15 million to settle charges that it violated federal consumer protection laws when it allowed criminals to purchase sensitive financial and personal data on at least 163,000 Americans. The settlement addresses a pair of lawsuits filed against ChoicePoint by the Federal Trade Commission and represents the largest…

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The Ponemon Institute continues to analyze the cost of breaches. Their latest work is distributed by PGP, Inc. The work that they’re doing is quite challenging and useful, but is unlikely to be a complete accounting of the costs. For example, what’s the real cost of the brand damage done to Choicepoint? Along with several…

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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,…

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Well, I’ve tried going cold turkey, but wasn’t getting positive reinforcement, so I stopped. Let’s start from the positive, shall we? Chris Hoofnagle of EPIC is quoted in a positive light in “ChoicePoint says it’s securing public’s personal data better” in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Now that that’s out of the way. Science Daily tells…

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I should also mention that I had a good time at the Detroit IT Security Summit. I thought there was an interesting and broad selection of panelists, including some technical people and some senior managers. I didn’t get to talk to as many folks as I might have liked, but that’s always the case.

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