Funny how once the media attention for the various computer security break-ins started receiving attention, the various firms who were caught handing out your private data suddenly noticed that they'd actually been leaking data all along. Choicepoint, which was the first big one to admit a problem, later found a history of leaked data. It appears they're not alone. LexisNexis, whose Seisant subsidiary wasn't particularly careful in how it kept all that data about you that you didn't realize they had (much of it, probably wrong), decided that maybe it would be a smart move to look over some past transactions to see if this data leakage was a new problem. Turns out that it wasn't. LexisNexis is now admitting that they found not one or two more cases, but fifty-nine cases where their security was breached, opening up access to all sorts of private data (this is one of the databases the government likes to use to build profiles on people). The company is sending out letters to 280,000 people to let them know that they may have to spend the rest of their lives carefully scanning credit reports to make sure the company's own negligence didn't result in identity theft. Meanwhile, everyone's still being told that, basically, there's nothing they can do against any of these firms that didn't seem to care about your privacy at all.
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