Arrested Due To A Database Error

from the doesn't-sound-like-fun dept

Well, here's a story that combines a few different things we've seen lately, from police (and star basketball players) raiding the home of the wrong person due to a faulty IP address to the fact that all these big data mining companies often have wrong info about you, including incorrect criminal records. In this case, a guy who got a job as a security guard as a retailer ended up spending a week in jail after the company did a background check on him and data mining firm Choicepoint (whose name became well known when they sold info to a group of identity theft scammers) incorrectly found that there were arrest warrants out for this guy for child molestation and rape. The problem was that the guy had been a victim of identity theft earlier, and while he had reported it, Choicepoint didn't take that into account. It's somewhat amusing (if disturbing) that a firm that had sold data to identity thieves later was unable to fix the false data in someone's file that was due to identity theft. Still, at what point do people realize that a single piece of data from these unreliable sources just isn't enough to arrest someone? Update: A Choicepoint employee in the comments points out that this happened a few years ago, and that Choicepoint was fine over it. He then accuses us of making the same mistake as Choicepoint in not following up to get the latest details. Of course, there's a bit of difference. No one went to jail when our story was a bit out of date.

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    balek, 30 Oct 2006 @ 10:24am

    dig a little

    Did a small bit of googling and found this: Calderon filed suit against Fry's over the incident. He was in the awkward position of having to prove he was a different Steve Calderon than the one who fellow employees said, according to court documents, had committed rape and child molestation.

    Fry's and Calderon settled. But has the judge or any lawyer tried to protect this Calderon from the eyes of the "other" Calderon? Or prevent reuse of his personal information by anyone else?

    No. Quite the contrary. On file, open to the public, is Calderon's California driver's license, Social Security card and a cancelled check, with the routing code for drawing money out of his bank account

    See for yourself: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_zdbln/is_200506/ai_n13640138

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