Are Your Secrets Safe?

A huge leak at ChoicePoint, the nation's largest data miner, shows the reach of information giants as well as their vulnerability

Your name, your address, your Social Security number, your phone number, your driver's license, your car registration, your credit history, your birth certificate, your real estate deeds, your legal history, your fishing license, your military record, your insurance claims, your thumbprint, your DNA. That is just some of the information that data aggregator ChoicePoint might have collected on you and millions of other Americans.

The problem isn't necessarily that ChoicePoint has those data--although some privacy advocates are wary--but that some bad guys also got hold of them. That's why the nation's largest data miner, whose computers maintain and manipulate 19 billion...

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