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It's official: ChoicePoint, LexisNexis rooted many times

Anonymous Patron writes "The Register looks at the ChoicePoint & LexisNexis mess. Privacy invasion behemoths ChoicePoint and LexisNexis have lost control of sensitive data in the past, but deliberately covered it up because no law required them to come clean, executives from both outfits confessed Wednesday during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the recent epidemic of ID theft plaguing the USA.

informationweek.com has more, and if this kind of thing interests you, read Mitigating identity theft from CNET."

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We need a group of laws that allow citizens to carry out RIAA/MPAA-like stormtrooper behavior against companies that abuse our privacy by collecting data and not securing it.Government authorized vigilantism works for going after 7 year olds, it should work for going after corporations. /sarcasm offWe need to government to make the fines for allowing consumer data to fall into the wrong hands to be an automatic punitative award of damages plus USD1million for any incident. It will stop overnight.

I guess I could have typed the last comment in English, you know that line about hitting preview? It is accurate.

Remind again why these companies need to harvest so much data in the first place? I see very little justification for it at all. This is one of those times in which I am sad to say that while the US does have a Privacy Act it basically covers only the GOVERNMENT effectively. I more worry about corprorations than the feds in this case...

allowing consumer data to fall into the wrong hands to be an automatic punitative award of damages plus USD1million for any incident. It will stop overnight.

WTF are you writing?