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In Hacker hits Duke system, the (Charlotte? Raleigh [thanks, Neil!]) News and Observer reports on a breach at Duke University School of Medicine. The school’s “Security Incident at Duke” page states: On Thursday, May 26, 2005 a security breach allowed an unauthorized user to gain access to data stored on several web sites at Duke…

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The National Conference of State Legislatures has a “2005 Breach of Information Legislation” summary page: Summary: Legislation was introduced in at least 34 states as of May 18, 2005. Legislation enacted in at least six states in 2005: Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and Washington. Thank you, masked man Choicepoint. (Via The HIPAA blog.)

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Household Watch has a story: When Ms. Marshall got a $6,000 home-improvement loan from a credit union in April 2003, she had to pay relatively high interest because of a weak credit score. The credit check had showed a court ruling ordering her to pay overdue rent to a former landlord in a Washington, D.C.,…

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The New York Times has a long article on the successors to Air America, “C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights.” The bit that really caught my attention was: On closer examination, however, it becomes clear that those companies appear to have no premises, only post office boxes or addresses in care of…

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Two new books that may be of interest are blogger Wendy McElroy’s “National Identification Systems, Essays in Opposition” and Choicepoint CISO Richard Baich’s “Winning as a CISO.” I was going to add clever text juxtaposing the texts, but really. hmmm, I really must make this post longer, or the blog looks really bad.    …

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Electronic account records for some 500,000 banking customers at four different banks were allegedly stolen and sold to collection agencies in a data-theft case that has so far led to criminal charges against nine people, including seven former bank employees. Police in Hackensack, N.J., are continuing their investigation into the theft by a crime ring…

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100% of the eleven participants in the study discovered errors in background check reports provided by ChoicePoint. The majority of participants found errors in even the most basic biographical information: name, social security number, address and phone number (in 67% of Acxiom reports, 73% of ChoicePoint reports). Moreover, over 40% of participants did not receive…

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The fair and balanced Real ID Sucks blog (“A clearinghouse of stories about how the states will be required to spend $250 million to create standardized, machine-readable driver’s licenses, to make it easier for hackers, thieves and credit bureaus to track your every move.”) points to a San Jose Mercury News editorial, “Real ID Act…

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Knight Errant has a long post, “Tipping My Tinfoil Hat,” in which he makes mention of Choicepoint. And Consumer Affairs has a long article “USA PATRIOT Act Rewards ChoicePoint.” The IntegraSys corporation’s ID Verification software, for example, cross-checks and references 23 billion data records, including everything from credit report headers to “warm address lists” that…

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Law.com has an article “Lawyers See Data ‘Fear Factor’ Rising:” The suits, which have been consolidated in federal court in Los Angeles and are requesting class action status, seek monetary, statutory and punitive damages, including compensation for the anxiety of waiting and wondering. They also aim to represent consumers regardless of whether their data were…

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