Thursday, March 31, 2005

ChoicePoint to allow people access to personal records

According to the Associated Press, ChoicePoint is planning to open up its records, allowing individuals to have access to information about them:

AP Wire | 03/31/2005 | ChoicePoint to allow people access to personal records:

"LOS ANGELES - An executive of embattled data broker ChoicePoint Inc. said the company is developing a system that would allow people to review their personal information that is sold to law enforcement agencies, employers, landlords and businesses.

'You will receive the reports that we have on you,' Don McGuffey, the firm's vice president for data acquisition, told the state's Senate's Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee on Wednesday.

ChoicePoint's announcement comes a month after it disclosed that thieves used previously stolen identities to create what appeared to be legitimate businesses seeking personal records. The bandits, who operated undetected for more than a year, opened up 50 accounts and received vast amounts of data on consumers, including their credit reports..."

The only thing I have to add is that they had better make sure that people are who they say they are before handing over records ....

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