FWD>p-trak and personal inf

From: Martha Luehrmann <Martha_Luehrmann[_at_]macmail.lbl.gov>
Date: 24 Sep 1996 13:12:02 -0700

This is welcome news because it improves the picture a little on the global issue of privacy in an internet world. I'm still happy that I got myself removed from P-Trak.

The news about the absence of social security numbers is, as I understand it, only partially true. The numbers are still there, because that's one of the main keys on which the database is organized, but they are passworded or encoded so they are not available to the general populace. While this is nice, I've known too many adept hackers to put much faith in it.

Martha Luehrmann
MRLuehrmann[_at_]LBL.gov



> From: MRLuehrmann[_at_]LBL.gov (9/24/96)
> From: George C. Ruben (9/24/96)
> From cray[_at_]Internet.omm.com (9/24/96)
>
> Subject: p-trak
>
> For those of you who are interested, there are further developments
> re:the now-infamous LEXIS P-Trak database. The FTC is reportedly now
> recommending broader protection for consumer data. Under the proposal,
> Social Security numbers, previous addresses and mothers' maiden names
> would be given the same protection as full credit reports, which may
> only be provided for a few specified uses. They would not be available
> for sale to database operators.
>
> According to LEXIS' most recent statement, P-Trak contains names,
> current addresses, previous addresses, telephone numbers, ages and,
> occassionally, the individual's maiden name. It does NOT contain an
> individual's Social Security number ( due to earlier complaints) or
> his/her mother's maiden name). For those of you seeking to get
> yourselves out of the P-Trak database, you can send a request with
> your full name and address to LEXIS via:
>
> e-mail: p-trak[_at_]prod.lexis-nexis.com
> toll-free fax: (800) 470-4365
> letter: Attention: P-Trak
> P.O. Box 933
> Dayton, OH 45401
> call toll-free: (888) 965-3947
Received on Tue Sep 24 1996 - 20:20:12 GMT

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