Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Seisint: More Privacy Breaches

Seisint is reporting even more privacy breaches, already reported previously on The Privacy Law Site. Lexis-Nexis bought out Seisint in 2004.

The company now says that identity thieves stole personal information, including Social Security Numbers, names, addresses, and driver's license numbers, (but not, they claim, not credit histories, medical records or financial information) on 310,000 Americans, which is 10 times more than its previous guess last month.

Apparently thieves hacked into Seisint databases 59 times over the past two years.

Naturally, this has already led to more calls for legislation to regulate information brokers like Seisint, which include ChoicePoint, Axciom, and others.

Senator Charles Schumer said, "When a company like LexisNexis so badly underestimates its own ID theft breaches, it is clear that things are totally out of hand.''

The CEO of LexisNexis, Kurt Sanford, is supposed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 13, along with executives from ChoicePoint and Acxiom.

This latest news may or may not be related to his scheduled testimony, but look for this latest breach admission to weaken any remaining resistance on Capitol Hill, or in the industry, to tighter controls.

The issue now is not if there will be new laws, but what they will be.

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