The Politics of Privacy and Identity Theft
In early 2005 ChoicePoint, one of the nation’s largest data brokers had a data breach that exposed the personal information of 145,000 Americans to identity thieves. Lying about the extent of the breach, ChoicePoint originally reported that only 35,000 California residents had been exposed. And the only reason they made the initial admission was because California law forced them to. As a result of their admission, the company came under increasing scrutiny by consumer groups and politicians, and within a week they were forced to admit to the larger breach.
Politicians from virtually every state could smell the blood in the water. New laws were proposed in both Washington, DC and within the various states. Fuel was added to the fire very quickly when a series of large data breaches were announced by a variety of other companies including but not limited to Lexis – Nexis, Bank of America, and a host of others. And all of these announcements were made necessary due to California’s aforementioned law. GuardMyCreditFile: The Politics of Privacy and Identity Theft
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