Privacy in Peril

I know your name. I know where you live, and everywhere you've ever lived. I know when and where you were born. I know how many credit cards you have--and how good you are about paying them off. And I know all about your insurance claims, your work history, and whether you have a criminal record.

At least, I could uncover all of that, and a broad range of other sensitive personal information about you. All I'd have to do is pay between $10 and $50 to any of a vast number of online information brokers--companies such as Intelius and ZabaSearch, and larger firms like Acxiom and ChoicePoint--and in 15 minutes I'd have as much information about you as I could possibly want.

With a name, an address, and a Social Security number, a person can take out loans, open credit card accounts, lease an apartment, and commit crimes, all in your name. When their actions get confused with yours, you may get stuck with the bills or, in extreme cases, be arrested. That your data is readily available via the Internet only increases your vulnerability. - Privacy in Peril

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 1st October 2005 1:12AM