Data broker failed to notice that a key monitoring tool was turned off for four months, allowing unauthorized access and exposing data of 13,750 people, the FTC says.
Until recently, the law hasn't recognized people as the victim of identity fraud. Thanks to ChoicePoint and others, new protections might be on the way for U.S. citizens.
Federal Trade Commission privacy report doesn't call for a Do Not Track law targeting Web companies. Instead it takes aim at third-party "data brokers" like Lexis Nexis and Choicepoint.
Apps snooping on your address book, sneaky ad cookies, and social networking are bad. But the real privacy demon is the shadowy data brokers slurping up every last byte about you.
Microsoft's Bing links up with Twitter, Facebook; RIM unveils BlackBerry Bold 9700; and the first of many deep deals on Windows 7 surfaces.
Contrary to popular belief, data breaches don't necessarily sink a company, studies and survivors indicate.
Breach shines light on murky world of e-mail marketing outsourcers and how consumers don't know where their data is ending up.
An executive whose company monitors the criminal underground tells how a person's "full" set of personal data can be sold via shady online forums for a mere $20.