November 15, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Let me start by asking you this: If your personal data, for example, was breached because a company accidentally lost it, wouldn't you want to be notified of it regardless of whether your information was at risk of identity theft? Well, be very wary, folks, because you may not be notified at all in the future. According to a press release on a new U.S. House bill (HR 4127 DATA) currently in review, "The House DATA bill would require companies to contact customers only when there is a reasonable basis to conclude that there is a significant risk of identity theft." I don't know about you, but I'd like to be notified, period. Let me--and not the company!--determine what is deemed a significant risk for identity theft. If this new proposed bill has rattled some of your nerves, read the latest Security Watch article: "Congress loves identity thieves" by Senior Editor Rob Vamosi for the entire scoop on this new bill. And when you're done, tell us what you think of it. Should you be notified whenever your personal data is stolen from a data warehouse? Speak up and let everyone know what's on your mind. (While I know many of you readers live outside of the United States, and this proposed bill doesn't apply to you, share with us what your country's laws state about personal information being exposed--do you get notifications?)
This week's hot topic:
Is Congress protecting you from identity theft?
In his latest Security Watch column, Robert Vamosi discusses a bill currently in Congress that could allow big business to decide whether you should be informed if your personal information has been stolen. Are you being put at greater risk? Many of you had some insightful opinions to share.
Business first, consumers last
CNET member iconoclastt believes that business interests are winning over the interests of the average consumer in the legislature. He compares it to the wolves guarding
Read iconoclastt's full post in CNET TalkBack
Who handles your data?
When it comes to companies that deal with sensitive information, CNET member pacerintl wonders if the employees have to go through background checks before being hired. He's not holding his breath.
Read pacerintl's full post in CNET TalkBack
The cost of stolen identities
CNET member oldlady2 describes the difficult and time-consuming process of correcting and protecting your record after a case of
Read oldlady2's full post in CNET TalkBack
Do you think the government is doing a good job protecting you against identity theft? Read "Congress loves identity thieves," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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