Government Purchasing Private Personal
¨April 13, 2001
¨The Wall Street
Journal reported that executive branch agencies
were purchasing "troves of personal data from the private sector." The article quoted government
sources for the proposition that
DOJ, FBI, USMS, INS, and IRS employees had
electronic access to citizens' assets, phone numbers, driving records, and other personal information
from their desktop computers. The article reported that ChoicePoint, a publicly-held company, and its
competitors were supplying citizens'
personal information to at least thirty-five
federal government agencies.
¨Glenn R. Simpson, Big
Brother-in-Law, If the FBI Hopes to Get the Goods onYou, It May Ask
ChoicePoint, Wall St. J., April 13, 2001 at A1.