More on Data Mining

1 Mar ’05

Barrie McKenna picked up the ChoicePoint story in the Globe yesterday.  Quote:

Major consumer credit rating agencies, such as Equifax, are covered by strict privacy laws in both Canada and the United States. But the dozens of companies that buy and sell consumer information and resell it to corporate and government clients in the United States and Canada, such as ChoicePoint, currently operate in a bit of a legal vacuum. While some of their activities are regulated, most are not, including their dealings with governments.

Complicating matters is a patchwork of sometimes conflicting national and local U.S. laws.

The Senate judiciary committee has announced hearings into the ChoicePoint incident. In the House, energy and commerce committee chairman Joe Barton has ordered his staff to investigate the entire storage and security practices of the data mining industry.

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