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Edupage, 24 September 1996 (fwd)

  story from Edupage on FTC and P-TRAK flap.  
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          FTC Seeks Privacy Safeguards In Response To P-TRAK Flap
  The Federal Trade Commission has recommended broader privacy protections,
  responding to public outcry over an information service offered by
  Lexis-Nexis Inc. that critics say provides individuals' Social Security
  numbers, mothers' maiden names, and other confidential data to anyone
  willing to pay a nominal fee.  "The ready availability of this information
  through a tracking service may facilitate identity fraud, credit fraud and
  other illegal activities," says the FTC.  The P-TRAK service says it
  eliminated access to Social Security numbers earlier this year following
  consumer complaints, but users can still call up information by typing in a
  Social Security number.  P-TRAK also says it doesn't provide mothers' maiden
  names (often used by credit card companies as a safeguard against
  unauthorized access), just individuals' maiden names, as part of its
  service.  The FTC has recommended that credit-reporting agencies would no
  longer be able to supply this information to database operators such as
  Lexis.  (Wall Street Journal 24 Sep 96 B7)
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