Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 20, 2009
Alpharetta , GA
United States
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
14 023
Dataloss DB
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ChoicePoint has been fined $275,000 by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for a data breach that exposed personal information of 13,750 people last year. In April 2008, ChoicePoint turned off a key electronic security tool that it used to monitor access to one of its databases and failed to notice the problem for four months, according to an FTC statement. During that period, unauthorized searches were conducted for 30 days on a ChoicePoint database that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.

UPDATE (9/22/10): The Federal Trade Commission mailed checks worth $18.17 to 14,023 ChoicePoint customers.  These checks were meant to cover the money and time customers spent monitoring their credit after ChoicePoint's 2008 breach.  ChoicePoint had been ordered to implement a comprehensive information security program after a 2006 breach.  Due to ChoicePoint's failure to do this, they suffered another breach and were fined.