So everyone seems to be accepting at face value the claim that Choicepoint was scammed by Olatunji Oluwatosin and colleagues not yet named. But let’s step back, and ask, was there a scam? Why did these folks need to cheat? Was it habit, or necessity? What was really needed to get a Choicepoint account of this sort? (And given that they’re changing it, wha will be needed?) Could I set up Adam’s Background Checking tomorrow, and be able to access this data?
Choicepoint claims to traffic in public records, so really, what’s stopping me? Why shouldn’t they be selling me this stuff? Can I use the stuff they’d sell me for identity theft? Where are the non-public bits? What’s the need for a scam?