94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

Identity Theft

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

When you hear a number like “94 million” in the news, it’s usually because somebody won the lottery. This time around, no such luck. This 94 million is the number of Americans’ files in which personal information has been exposed, since 2009, to potential identity theft through data breaches at government agencies.  Go ahead, count… Read More

12 Questions for ChoicePoint: A must-read interview about privacy, identity theft and consumer data

Identity Theft

12 Questions for ChoicePoint: A must-read interview about privacy, identity theft and consumer data

12 Questions for ChoicePoint: A must-read interview about privacy, identity theft and consumer data

CreditBloggers.com posted a few weeks ago about ChoicePoint’s CEO making $5.3 million in 2005, the same year the company experienced a major security breach. This post attracted quite a few comments from our readers…it also drew the attention of ChoicePoint. Matt Furman, Vice President Corporate Communications for ChoicePoint, contacted us to set the record straight.
In the resulting interview, our team of credit experts asked Mr. Furman to share some insight into the way ChoicePoint operates. Here are some notable excerpts from this 12 question interview:

What does paying off your debts have to do with terrorism?

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What does paying off your debts have to do with terrorism?

What does paying off your debts have to do with terrorism?

We’ve talked about how recent anti-terrorism actions (including the Patriot Act) can potentially impact consumers on CreditBloggers.com in the past. But we haven’t seen an real life example of this impact at work until recently.
According to an article published by the Scripps Howard News Service (via BoingBoing) in late February, a retired man in Rhode Island was flagged as a potential security threat by the Department of Homeland Security for paying off his JC Penney MasterCard balance. When Walter Soehnge sent in a $6,000 check to pay off his credit card debts the transaction was blocked. We he called to investigate:

Identity theft watch: Court records

Identity Theft

Identity theft watch: Court records

Identity theft watch: Court records

A report today by the Charlotte Observer highlights the identity theft risk embedded in court documents. In South Carolina, court records often contain Social Security numbers that cannot be removed and are available to the public. This announcement comes more than a month after a North Carolina law took effect that was intended to keep this sensitive consumer information private.

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