Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
ChoicePoint, Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
RELX Group
Penalty: 
$15,000,000
Year: 
2006
Date: 
January 26, 2006
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Secondary Offense: 
privacy violation
Violation Description: 

Consumer data broker ChoicePoint, Inc., which in 2005 acknowledged that the personal financial records of more than 163,000 consumers in its database had been compromised, agreed to pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that its security and record-handling procedures violated consumers' privacy rights and federal laws.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Federal Trade Commission
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
Britain
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
media
Specific Industry of Parent: 
publishing
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Parent company note: 
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