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Choicepoint, Axciom Highly Accurate

100% of the eleven participants in the study discovered errors in background check reports provided by ChoicePoint. The majority of participants found errors in even the most basic biographical information: name, social security number, address and phone number (in 67% of Acxiom reports, 73% of ChoicePoint reports). Moreover, over 40% of participants did not receive their reports from Acxiom — and the ones who did had to wait an average of three months from the time they requested their information until they received it.

So says a new study from Privacy Activism. Read the news release, or the study. (There’s also a 162k PDF file.)

On thinking about this for another minute, I need to add that ironically, inaccuracies in the data are more likely to harm the honest than the fraudsters-by-impersonation. The id theives, will just hope that the wrong data is seen as right, or right enough for granting credit, or just move onto the next person.

One comment on "Choicepoint, Axciom Highly Accurate"

  • Pete says:

    Uh, oh. It only took you “another minute” to identify what “the problem is” that Real ID is trying to solve (a concern from a previous post of yours)… now you can’t ask that question anymore (or you can, though you answered it yourself).

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