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How Choicepoint serves up your personal info to the FBI

Some background about Choicepoint and its close ties with law enforcement:

The Wall Street Journal article (no registration required):

I invite a Choicepoint representative to reply. I'll send along your 
response unedited.



Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 09:47:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: Bob Bruen <bruen@exile.ne.mediaone.net>
To: declan@well.com
Subject: choicepoint

  Hi Declan,

   I can't remember if you ever wrote about ChoicePoint, but the WSJ
   has a very good article about them today, April 13 on the front
   page. They provide one-stop shopping for the FBI, INS and other
   government agencies trying to collect information about citizens using
   just the SSN.

   It reminds me of the service that IBM performed for Hitler to make
   the task of finding Jews easier through the technology of the time.
   See "IBM and the Holcaust" - great book.

   Now our government is paying for services that it cannot do it itself
   using the SSN that has become a de facto national ID number, which it
   was not supposed to become.

    www.cpfbi.com -> choicepoint for the fbi

    They provide a pages of links for free resources for anyone to use.

                 cheers, bob


From: rms@privacyfoundation.org (Richard M. Smith)
To: <declan@well.com>, <politech@politechbot.com>
Subject: FW: My message to the CEO of ChoicePoint
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 09:00:26 -0400

FYI.  I think that everyone should ask
for their ChoicePoint/FBI record.

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard M. Smith [mailto:rms@privacyfoundation.org]
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 8:51 AM
To: derek.smith@choicepointinc.com
Subject: Today's Wall Street Journal article

Hi Derek,

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article
about ChoicePoint and how it is providing information
about US citizens to the FBI.  The article is
available online at:

    FBI's Reliance on the Private Sector Has Raised Some Privacy Concerns

I was wondering if you can send me the information
that ChoicePoint holds about my family that the FBI
has access to.  Here are the names and social security
numbers of my wife, my daughter and myself:

... Smith

... Smith

Richard M. Smith

I am specifically interested in the data that can be
retrieved at the www.cpfbi.com Web site.
I want to make sure that there are no errors in this
information.  Depending on the nature of this
information, I may also want to delete it.

I also have a question about ChoicePoint.  According to
Network Solutions, ChoicePoint owns the following
domain names:

    cpdea.com, cpins.com, cphud.com, cpgov.com, and cpirs.com

Can you tell me what is the purpose of these Web sites?

Richard M. Smith
CTO, Privacy Foundation


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