November 25, 2002 |
You might not peg La Playa Market, a cramped Inglewood bodega with a single checkout lane, as an early adopter of technology. But the store was among the first in the nation to install a groundbreaking and controversial personal-identification system that uses unique physical characteristics such as an individual's fingerprint to identify customers and crack down on check-cashing fraud.
June 12, 2002 |
A former congressman and South Carolina's lieutenant governor advanced to a runoff for the state's Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, while North Dakota residents rejected a landmark ballot issue on financial privacy. Congressional primaries were also decided in Maine and South Carolina, as was the GOP gubernatorial primary in Maine. Former Rep. Mark Sanford and Lt. Gov.
May 13, 2002 |
Several U.S. lawmakers introduced a long-awaited privacy bill last week that would allow businesses to share information about customers who have not explicitly forbidden them to do so. More than a year in the making, the privacy bill unveiled in the House differs from a competing bill making its way through the Senate that would require businesses to get a person's explicit permission before sharing sensitive information such as income level, religious affiliation or political interests.
July 23, 2001 |
Major financial institutions routinely give out confidential customer account information to callers, using security procedures that authorities say are vulnerable to abuse by fraud artists. Regulators and law enforcement officials warned three years ago that identity thieves and information brokers were tricking clerks into giving them access to individuals' financial information.
June 22, 2001 |
Just when consumers thought their financial secrets would be off-limits to companies making unsolicited marketing pitches, some of the nation's biggest banks are using a legal loophole to share confidential information with outsiders, even if customers have instructed them not to. Under new privacy rules, financial institutions must disclose the kinds of personal information they collect and give customers an opportunity to limit its release to...
December 5, 2000 |
Two privacy groups unhappy about Amazon.com Inc.'s new policies on revealing customer buying habits asked federal regulators Monday to prevent the online retailer from making any disclosures unless shoppers permit them. Junkbusters Corp. and the Electronic Privacy Information Center made the appeal to the Federal Trade Commission, which has intervened when other online retailers changed privacy policies and sought to sell customer data.
November 29, 2000 |
Sitting in her cozy sewing nook surrounded by fragrant bolts of leather and suede, with her custom clothing draped festively around the room, Jackie Robbins looks the picture of a successful clothing designer. For 25 years, Robbins has used her creativity with natural textiles to make and sell jackets, pants, skirts and purses to the Malibu glitterati.
October 14, 2000 |
Buy.com Inc., a leading online retailer, said that a security breach in its merchandise return system may have exposed thousands of customers' names, phone numbers and addresses over the Internet. The Aliso Viejo company said no credit card information or other sensitive personal data were compromised. The firm, an online superstore with 3 million customers, said it sealed the security hole within three hours of learning about the problem Thursday afternoon. It was the first time that Buy.
July 1, 2000 |
Some failed "dot-coms" are releasing information their customers may have thought would remain under lock and key as they scramble to sell assets to appease creditors. Boo.com, Toysmart and CraftShop.com have either sold or are trying to sell customer data that could include information such as phone and credit card numbers, home addresses and even statistics on shopping habits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2000
Banks have found a gold mine in their customer files, selling names, phone numbers, addresses and even Social Security numbers and account balances to marketers. Until recently, they did this without so much as notifying the customers. Landmark banking reform legislation adopted by Congress last year allowed a little protection, but it fell far short of giving customers real control over disclosure. California, always in the vanguard, may soon remedy that.