Choicepoint Roundup (Feb 28)
I accidentally published this too early, but given the nature of trackbacks, and other such privacy-invasive technologies, its too late. You know my secret. I accumulate and then (try to) post in the morning.
- Midnight Special [link to http://midnightspecial.blogspot.com/2005/02/wheres-accountability.html no longer works] asks “Where’s the accountability” and talks about government outsourcing and incentives in a well written post.
- Why Now has a couple of good posts, one on Who Owns Your Copyright, and another, Who Wins & Who Loses, asking why can’t these companies that collect data about you notice that you’re a victim of ID theft?
- Inbite [link to http://news.inbite.com/2005/02/privacy_breache.html no longer works] claims Declan McCullagh [link to http://www.politechbot.com/ no longer works] said “Investors are worried about the possibility of new regulations curbing ChoicePoint’s business model (and future profitability).” At press time, Declan had not responded to a request for confirmation or a better URL. [Update: Declan’s quote [link to http://www.politechbot.com/2005/02/24/market-punishes-choicepoint/ no longer works].]
- When I look over my shoulder is a long, well thought through history of privacy by Lotus, Surviving a Dark Time.
- Michael Zimmer point to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that points out that the old “big three” credit agencies are dripping with disdain for consumers trying to reach annualcreditreport.com. Following a link brings you to a blocking page, and apparently they failed to provide proper capacity for their phone banks. However, if you type in the URL https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp, or copy and paste it, it will work. I suggest you call or write, rather than applying online, to make them spend the money on printing and mailing your report. It’s only a little, but every penny comes out of the profit they make gossiping about you.
- Finally, today’s Two Minutes Hate comes to us from Public Domain Progress [link to http://www.publicdomainprogress.info/2005/02/legitimate-business-business-need.html no longer works]