Wednesday, March 09, 2005

In never rains, it pours: ChoicePoint files found riddled with errors

Nobody seems to be cutting ChoicePoint any slack these days. MSNBC is reporting on supposed problems with data quality in the information amassed by ChoicePoint:

MSNBC - ChoicePoint files found riddled with errors:

"Deborah Pierce held a rare and precious document in her hands. It was the story of her life, as told by ChoicePoint Inc. She wasn't supposed to see it; an anonymous source had smuggled the report to her. But there it was, her 'National Comprehensive Report,' 20 pages long, a complete dossier of all the digital breadcrumbs she's left behind during her adult life.

At least, that's what it was supposed to be.

Pierce said she felt an uneasy twinge in her stomach as she began to flip the pages. A dozen former addresses were listed, along with neighbors and their phone numbers. Almost 20 people were listed as relatives -- and their neighbors were listed, too. There were cars she supposedly owned, businesses she supposedly worked for.

But the more closely she looked, the more alarmed she became: The report was littered with mistakes...."

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