Posted 02-23-2005 at 16:26:08
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I agree completely. The company is ChoicePoint. They scour the internet for public records on every citizen: driver's licenses, credit, work history, tickets, court cases, consumer survey's you may have filled out, etc. They "mine" that data and store it in their database. Every US consumer will have some information stored about them at ChoicePoint.
I posted about this the other day when it first came out. They estimated 35,000 Californians were affected ... liars. Now they say about 145,000 people in every state is affected. The number is likely to be between 200,000 and 500,000 people.
They sell your information to anyone who presents themselves as a legitimate business. Their main income is background checks.
There is nothing we can do about it either. Just wait for the Feds to bring new legislation for this kind of data.
The worst is yet to come about this story. They only arrested one person. He has not implicated anyone else yet but they expect it to be a national or international identity theft ring.