Earlier in the week, the news came out that ChoicePoint (formerly a unit of credit bureau Equifax) had simply handed out personal info for many California residents to a sham new business whose only purpose was to use that data for identity theft. At least 750 people were scammed. At the time of the announcement, they made it sound like it was only (only!) 35,000 residents of California -- where privacy laws require that those who may have given up personal info must alert those impacted. However, it seems that some other states began to get curious about this, and even though it took some prompting from various AGs, ChoicePoint is now admitting that 145,000 people were impacted. Once again, this demonstrates how identity theft issues are very often completely out of the control of the individuals themselves -- but due to poor security at the companies who handle all of our data.
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