FTC Mails Refund Forms To ChoicePoint Data Breach Victims - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Software // Enterprise Applications
11:37 AM

FTC Mails Refund Forms To ChoicePoint Data Breach Victims

Reparation forms must be postmarked by Feb. 4 to be considered, according to the FTC.

Nearly two years after data broker ChoicePoint revealed that it had sold identity information to criminals, the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced it had mailed claim forms to over 1,400 victims who can now file for refunds on money they spent setting things straight.

Early in 2005, ChoicePoint reported it had handed over consumers' names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit reports to fraudsters working out of Los Angeles County. In February 2005, it sent 145,000 notifications to residents in 50 states whose personal information may have been sold to the identity thieves in the fall of 2004.

After an FTC investigation, the commission and ChoicePoint agreed to a settlement in January 2006 that, among other things, required the company to pay up to $5 million to reimburse consumers.

According to the FTC, the reparation forms must be postmarked by Feb. 4 to be considered. "The amount applicants receive will depend on a number of factors, including the total number and amount of claims that the agency receives," the FTC said in a statement.

Claim forms have also been posted on the FTC's Web site in both English and Spanish, and a toll-free telephone number and e-mail address have been set up to take questions from affected consumers.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
7 Technologies You Need to Know for Artificial Intelligence
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/1/2019
A Practical Guide to DevOps: It's Not that Scary
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  7/5/2019
Data Science Salary Survey Reveals Market Shift
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  6/27/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
A New World of IT Management in 2019
This IT Trend Report highlights how several years of developments in technology and business strategies have led to a subsequent wave of changes in the role of an IT organization, how CIOs and other IT leaders approach management, in addition to the jobs of many IT professionals up and down the org chart.
Flash Poll