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Congress can Fix Nexis-Lexis Problem - help needed.
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Jamie -- Here's a proposed urgent post -- thanks
Help Needed To Ensure Congress Fixes Nexis-Lexis Problem
Protects Privacy, Prevents Theft of Identity
-- Calls, Faxes Needed Today!!!
A proposal to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is
part of last-minute negotiations in the Congress. Consumer groups
-- including U.S. PIRG and Consumers Union -- have been working
furiously to improve the privacy aspects of the bill, which has
been severely weakened by Senator Connie Mack (R-FL) at the
request of banks and credit bureaus. The matter may be decided
immediately, but definitely by October 1.
URGE CONGRESS TO BAN SALE OF
PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM CREDIT REPORTS
Consumers concerned about privacy should contact their
Senators and Representative IMMEDIATELY and urge their support of
the FTC-proposed provision to stop credit bureaus from selling
Social Security numbers and other personal identifying
information derived from credit reports to companies like Nexis-
Lexis. On September 20th, in a letter to Senator Richard Bryan
(D-NV), chief sponsor of the pro-consumer FCRA amendments, the
FTC proposed language to fix the severe flaw in the act that
allows Nexis-Lexis and many others to sell SSNs, maiden names and
other critical information that makes identity theft easy and
makes protecting your privacy nearly impossible.
****Also urge your Senators and Representative to:
-- oppose allowing the credit bureaus to sell credit reports
for junk or target marketing,
-- support requiring credit bureaus to give consumers a free
credit report annually on request, as only VT, MA, MD, and GA now
provide, so consumers can find out who has been looking at their
****TIME IS CRITICAL. The Congressional switchboard is 202-
224-3121. Phone calls to Congress are best although many members
have e-mail (http://thomas.loc.gov). (The FCRA amendments have
been welded onto S. 650, a Mack (R-FL) which is otherwise anti-
consumer, but has the support of many members on a bi-partisan
Post requested by Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG, 202-546-9707.
For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.