How Many Choicepoint Victims Are at Risk?
Choicepoint is a large credit bureau who denies being one. Yesterday, MSNBC reported that “more than 30,000 Californians” had been notified of problems. Now, no one opts-in to Choicepoint. No one can opt-out. They maintain files on you without your knowledge or permission. Now we know that at least 30,000 people were put at risk by criminal enterprises gathering data. But outside of California, we have no way of knowing how many.
In yesterday’s Toronto Star, Michael Geist makes the case that Canada should adopt a similar law. (Use Bugmenot [link to http://bugmenot.com/view.php?url=thestar.com no longer works] for a login.) Perhaps its time for the US to do so as well.
[See also Chris Walsh’s comment [link to http://www.emergentchaos.com/archives/000912.html#comments no longer works] which he wrote as I was working on this post.]