At Least The Data ID Thieves Have About You Is Wrong

from the small-comfort dept

It's not likely to be very comforting to the 145,000 or so people who had their personal data gift-wrapped and handed to identity thieves by ChoicePoint, but it turns out that many people who have seen their personal files from the company note that they're riddled with errors, including wrong addresses, relatives who don't exist, suggestions of criminal activity in places where they'd never been and (in at least one case) a claim that the person reading the report had actually died thirty years ago. Of course, the best part is that if you ask ChoicePoint how to fix these errors, the answer is "sorry, you can't do that." Apparently, they want to make sure that future identity thieves have access to the same false info too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Mar 2005 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Who wants ChoicePoint CEO's home number?


    The number has been changed.

    Apparently Smith does not like people having his personal information without his permission.

    Maybe people getting his information caused him a bit of inconvenience. Unfortunately, his selling of people’s information costs people much more than that every day.

    At least we still have his address, and that should make him sleep well at night.


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