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April 13, 2005

No Privacy Left in the United States

William Safire wrote "Goodbye to Privacy," the cover book review in Sunday's New York Times. He reviewed two new books on the subject, No Place to Hide by Robert O'Harrow, Jr. and Chatter: Dispatches From the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping by Patrick Radden Keefe.

It's a great article and I encourage you to read it. In addition to all the info available in the books and review, today's WaPo features "LexisNexis Data Breach Bigger Than Estimated: 310,000 Consumers May Be Affected, Firm Says," by Jonathan Krim.

Apparently, data collection companies don't have to notify consumers when their personal info has been hacked into. Congresspeople are scrambling to write a bill to create a notification system. The Republicans, of course, are offering one with a major loophole - data companies wouldn't have to notify consumers if they (the companies) think the breach wont create identify theft. The Democrats want consumers notified immediately regardless of what's done with the hack.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning on the subject. They had two panels: one full of bureaucrats, the other with three executives from companies that make huge profits selling personal information and two folks who care about personal privacy. Links on the right of the hearing page go to people's testimony.

Posted by cj at April 13, 2005 1:19 PM

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