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Anonymous Patron writes "PCWorld.com: With identity thieves targeting big consumer databases, your data isn't just up for sale--it could be up for grabs.
Information brokers gather incredible amounts of personal data--not just credit details--from many different sources, including private companies and government agencies; then they sell it to businesses, to law enforcement, or to anyone who can demonstrate a need that the brokers consider legitimate. The laws limiting what information can be sold and who can receive it are weak and narrowly focused, so for the most part each broker is free to formulate its own standards."