Last Saturday's New York Times ran a lengthy article on the rehabilitation of ChoicePoint. The one-time poster child for privacy fiascos has since apparently cleaned up its act. Now members of the "privacy possee" are quoted as singing the company's praises after it gots its house in order. Right after the high-profile privacy breach, representatives of the company contacted members of the privacy community (I even got a call) to ask what they did right and what they did wrong in responding to the incident. Since then, many of their harshest critics hail the company as a model for the data brokerage industry. Check it out: Keeping Your Enemies Close - New York Times.
The article also has a great timeline illustrating the number and magnitude of privacy incidents in the US over the past few years: