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Data Mining and how technology is providing the means to be tracked

Written by Subject: Privacy Rights
It’s ChoicePoints business to know about you. The company maintains a database that has information on virtually every U.S. citizen. Its trove of personal data and its estimated 17 billion records includes phone numbers and addresses, credit reports and property records, bank accounts, insurance policies and social security numbers. It sells this information to major corporations, no profit organizations and the government.
But in addition to gathering sorting and cataloging information from public records about virtually every American, Acxiom has another business. Its acres of computers store private information about us. Information that is gathered by the nations banks, insurers, credit card issuers, retailers, car makers, and telecom companies. Almost every time you make a purchase, whether buying a book or going to the supermarket or booking a trip, there’s a record of your transaction. A record that’s kept by the company you did business with. Using a combination of this personal information along with its vast storehouse of public data, Acxiom’s computers are able to paint a remarkably detailed portrait of many Americans.
 
The law that regulates electronic surveillance…the last major restructuring of that law took place in 1986. We need a regulatory infrastructure to protect privacy and right now we don’t quite have one to match the new technologies that we have. The public needs to be putting pressure on state and federal legislators to do something about this. Its important that the public become aware of what’s going on so its voice can be heard.
 

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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Let's say you want to find out what information Choicepoint has on you...

Here's the information they require (that they will use to CREATE a file on you if they don't already have one!):

http://www.choicetrust.com/pdfs/CD107_CP-File-Disclosure-Request-Form_pg-3.pdf  

By the way - this is the same SCAM 'Credit Check' companies use to keep their files on YOU up-to-date.  You provide the most recent info before they tell you what old info they have on you.

*****************WAKE UP !!!!!*******************

******************THINK!***********************

 

...who owns you?

Comment by Anonymous
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Sorry.  Too busy hanging signs and pretending that it can be ignored and it's not happening.


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