Our Privacy in Jeopardy

February 15, 2005 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Many companies maintain databases of our financial and other personal matters. It’s inevitable in our modern society. However, companies like ChoicePoint have as much security as the $3 Chinese combination lock on my bicycle. Foreign and sham companies literally stole data right from under their noses, and it was only data-reporting laws in California that forced them to reveal what happened. We have to put these guardians of privacy under stronger government and industry regulation.

You may be less likely to become a victim of identity theft by leaving your wallet at the bus stop – after all, the person picking up your wallet will just take your money and throw the rest away. The criminals that scammed ChoicePoint knew exactly what they were looking for and how to use the stolen data.

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