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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

The problem of identity and access to one's credit report 

You see them all the time on the internet: ads telling you about a free copy of your credit report. This all sounds good, but as Dennis Bailey points out in the Open Society Paradox, individual access to credit reports may actually be harmful if the custodians of this information don't confirm the requestor really is who he says he is. What's to stop Joe Identity Thief from impersonating you and getting your report? See The Open Society Paradox: Security Breach Legislation Needed?. Dennis' solution, which he doesn't explicitly say in this posting but has in previous, is identity documentation that is much more robust and reliable than what we have today.


7/07/2005 07:13:00 AM  :: (1 comments)  ::  Backlinks

I'm impressed that as someone who makes a living defending the value of privacy, you're not afraid to read the views of someone on the other side of this issue. This is rare and it says a lot.


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