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Re: Lexis-Nexis Response to Me
Here is the autoresponder to an e-request for name
removal. This note says SSNs are available on the Internet.
Where? Does anyone know?
>>> LEXIS R-NEXIS R P-Trak
<firstname.lastname@example.org> 9/19/96 6:32 pm >>>
This is to confirm that we have received your request to
have your name deleted from the P-TRAK file.
Incorrect information is being distributed on Internet
newsgroups regarding the data displayed in LEXIS-NEXIS'
P-TRAK file. P-TRAK is like an electronic "white pages."
The only information displayed is the name of the individual,
current address and up to two previous addresses and
telephone number. In some cases, the individual's maiden
name may appear and as well as the month and year of
That is the ONLY information displayed in the P-TRAK file.
Contrary to some messages that have been posted to
some Internet discussion and news groups, the P-TRAK file
does not contain any credit histories, bank account
information, personal financial data, mother's maiden name
or medical histories. This misinformation has been posted
over and over again to various news groups. An example
of a record appears below:
Name: DOE, JOHN E
Current Address: 1066 Anywhere Drive, Dayton, OH
Previous Addresses: 106 Somewhere Drive
Dayton, OH 92454
Telephone number: 555-1212
On file since: 6/1/1994
The information displayed in the P-TRAK file is the type of
information readily available from public information
sources such as telephone directories (in print and
CD-ROM format) and public records maintained by
LEXIS-NEXIS markets the P-TRAK file to the legal
community for use by general legal practitioners, litigators
and public attorneys, as well as law enforcement agencies
and police departments. These professionals use the
P-TRAK file to assist in locating litigants, witnesses,
shareholders, debtors, heirs and beneficiaries.
LEXIS-NEXIS is aware of the sensitivities regarding the
potential misuse of information. Business competitors of
LEXIS-NEXIS have for some time made Social Security
numbers available to users of their services. In addition,
Social Security numbers and other information are available
on the Internet from a number of sources. Despite this wide
availability of Social Security numbers in the market place,
LEXIS-NEXIS discontinued the display of Social Security
numbers in the
P-TRAK file as of June 11, 1996, eleven days after the
product was introduced.
Through its actions, LEXIS-NEXIS is balancing the privacy
concerns of the public with the legitimate needs of legal,
business and government professionals for access to
accurate sources of publicly available information. By
discontinuing the display of Social Security numbers in
P-TRAK and only providing information that is already
available to the public from other sources, LEXIS-NEXIS
believes it has responsibly met the expressed concerns of