Friday, March 11, 2005

Flurry of new bills in wake of the LexisNexis and ChoicePoint privacy breaches

Tony Ruprecht, a member of the Ontario legislature recently introduced a private member's bill that would require credit-reporting agencies to immediately inform consumers who are linked to a theft of credit data.

The Toronto-area politician argues in the Toronto Star that the issue is now "hotter than ever" given the 2 recent privacy scandals in the United States involving LexisNexis and ChoicePoint.

Earlier this week, a subsidiary of LexisNexis reported the theft of personal data of 32,000 U.S. consumers.

In mid-February, ChoicePoint disclosed that identity thieves had gained access to the personal information of more than 145,000 U.S. residents. The company maintains a 19 billion-item database including Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and credit data.

Legislative action by the United States Congress is also heating up.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:50 pm


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