Re: Your Personal Info for s

From: Martha Luehrmann <Martha_Luehrmann[_at_]macmail.lbl.gov>
Date: 12 Sep 1996 15:54:50 -0700

Dear group. This has little to do with copyright, but it does relate to questions of theft of character and privacy, and it might be important personally to the list.

Martha Luehrmann
<martha_luehrmann[_at_]macmail.lbl.gov>


Date: 9/12/96 3:05 PM
To: Martha Luehrmann
From: Gregg Kyle

Please read and react!!!!!

The following message was sent to me this morning by a friend of mine. I am forwarding it because I thought many of you would find it of interest.


Your name, social security number, current address, previous addresses, mother's maiden name, birth date and other personal information are now available to anyone with a credit card through a new Lexis database called P-Trax. As I am sure you are aware, this information could be used to commit credit card fraud or otherwise allow someone else to use your identity.

You can have your name and information removed from this list by making a telephone request. Call (800)543-6862, select option 4 and then option 3 ("all other questions") and tell the representative answering that you wish to remove your name from the P-trax database. You may also send a fax to (513) 865-7360, or physical mail to LEXIS-NEXIS / P.O. Box 933 / Dayton, Ohio 45401-0933. Sending physical mail to confirm your name has been removed is always a good idea.

As word of the existence of this database has spread on the net, Lexis-Nexis has been inundated with calls, and has set up a special set of operators to handle the volume. In addition, Andrew Bleh (rhymes with "Play") is a manager responsible for this product, and is the person to whom complaints about the service could be directed. He can be reached at the above 800 number. Ask for extension 3385. According to Lexis, the manager responsible is Bill Fister at extension 1364.

I called this morning and had my name removed. The representative will need your name and social security number to remove you from the list. I suggest that we inundate these people with requests to remove our info from the list and forward this e-mail to everyone we know.



To Greg Kyle from Martha Luehrmann, copies to all

Dear Greg

I called 800-543-6268. Following the recorded instructions I pressed 4 and then 9 (nine not three). The message said that P-Trak would contain no credit card numbers or bank account numbers, and no mother's maiden name information. Further, they said that users could not read the social security numbers, but to me that implies that the social security numbers are there in the file. I had my name removed simply by leaving a message with my name and address (not social security number).

I think that your friend wants us to inundate them with calls to get them to cancel this dangerous database. I agree. So I will be calling the other extension numbers he gave us.

I am further concerned that Lexis found this so easy to put together. Clearly all the info exists in electronic space, and with today's capabilities it is just too easy to assemble it. The fact that I can take my name and info off Lexis doesn't preclude anyone else from putting together similar info. We are all in deep doo-doo.

Thanks for the warning.

Love, Martha Received on Thu Sep 12 1996 - 23:04:29 GMT

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