Government Purchasing Private
Personal Information
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 on
You, It May Ask ChoicePoint, Wall St. J., April 13, 2001 at A1.