aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Check your credit report
Here in Georgia, you can do it for free courtesy of Georgia’s Fair Business Practices Act:
(C) Each consumer reporting agency which compiles and maintains files on consumers on a nation-wide basis shall furnish to any consumer who has provided appropriate verification of his or her identity two complete consumer reports per calendar year, upon request and without charge;
Why now? Because hackers hacked the Georgia-based credit reporting company ChoicePoint’s database and stole the personal information of thousands of consumers. Only in California are they being told.
In California they have a law obliging companies to inform customers when their personal information falls into unauthorized hands. Choicepoint has “no plans to contact people outside California.” All of this via Kevin Drum who suggests we…
Remember this the next time some corporate lobbying group whines about excessive regulation. If you don’t regulate them, they won’t act like nice guys all on their own.
And you sure won’t get your free credit reports either!
UPDATE: Now ChoicePoint is telling everyone, because they’ve discovered (!) that customers outside of California may have been affected. All the media attention had nothing to do with it I’m sure.
Here’s today’s Morning Edition profile of ChoicePoint, “the privacy friendly company.” If you worry about company database collection of personal information, you’ll want to listen.
Where’s the liberal media?
Such questions are evidently of little concern to our liberal media outlets, whose leading lights prefer to deliver prim lectures about the unwarranted invasion of Mr. Guckert’s private affairs and his victimization for his conservative views. In fact, everything known about him comes from material he posted on public Web sites, but that’s beside the point.
Emphasis mine. I just hadn’t thought of that simple fact before.
Microsoft is updating its Internet Explorer browser, building its Windows AntiSpyware Beta tool free with it, according to remarks by Bill Gates, the software giant’s chairman at a security conference in San Fransisco.”We have a dialogue to make sure that we’re understanding exactly what people would like to have us do in Internet Explorer, and what we’ve decided to do is a new version of Internet Explorer, this is IE 7, and it adds a new level of security,” said Gates.
Oh, and, have you checked out Google Maps? Cool.