Choice Point is teh suxors

I just got an letter from ChoicePoint stating that the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department is prosecuting a nice fellow name Oluwantungi Oluwantosin and his alleged partners for illegally accessed the Choice Point database and it is possible that my birth date, social security number and drivers license number have been stolen. First of all I want to know why ChoicePoint had that information in the first place. I never gave it to them willingly and I don’t really appreciate big faceless companies keeping my personal data in insecure databases, especially not corporations that have been responsible for disenfranchising voters in the 2000 elections by using bad munged and mangled data. In the letter they so helpfully have given me access to an online credit report service so I can monitor my credit and see when I have been ID-thefted. Personally I think this is a load of dookie and I am interested in filing a class action lawsuit against this evil neocon data mining company. Any lawyers out there smelling blood on this one?

7 Replies to “Choice Point is teh suxors”

  1. “Evil Neocon data mining company”? Please. I’m not a big fan of their company specifically, but people need to realize that many dozens of companies specialize in these types of databases, and most of the information they have is in the public record. I use it every day in my research work, as do most other media companies.

    I agree these companies need to be held responsible for any possible theft of your data, but people NEED to know that tens of thousands of us have appropriate access to yours (and everyone elses) data, and trying to “hide it” or be removed isn’t likely, especially considering most of the data is public.

  2. Like Michael, I too work with data aggregate companies. They get their data from many different areas INCLUDING government (registration of vehicles is one place …). ChoicePoint pays for this data, but is in no way entitled to it. In other words, we need to tell the State of California to be more careful about who it shares data with.

    I have also been pitched to by ChoicePoint at a seminar a couple years ago. Boy did they brag about “helping catch the tarrists”

  3. Actually, now it’s the government who often gets their data from private data aggregators such as Acxiom and Choice Point, since the private companies aren’t under those nasty restrictions we pesky citizens have placed on the oh-so-noble government snoops. Kim Zetter wrote about it last year in Wired News, and the ACLU posted The Surveillance-Industrial Complex earlier this year.

    Also, Robert OĆ­Harrow has written a pretty good book titled No Place to Hide about this government/private data aggregator relationship.

  4. *off topic*
    EECUE, what about your big trip to the Southland Tales set? As I remember you were going to give a detailed report, perhaps even photos, since you were ‘invited’. Never heard anything about it since…

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