Privacy - Personal Info as Public Information (fwd)

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 09:37:10 -0600

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

Much charitable endeavor is motivated by an unconscious
desire to peer into lives that one is glad to be unable
to share. . . . . Edward Sapir

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Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 23:09:23 -0600 (MDT)
From: carole nagengast <>
To: Marian Carole Nagengast <>
Subject: Privacy - Personal Info as Public Information (fwd)

This is something you may want to know about. Be warned that the
information in the message is not all accurate, so you may not want to
call and complain until you find out more about it. But you can always
forward this message to any and all. You can also remove your name from
their list by emailing:

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Subject: Privacy - Personal Info as Public Information

Your name, social security number, current address, previous
addresses, mother's maiden name, birth date and other personal
information are now available to anyone with a credit card through a
new Lexis database called P-Trak. As I am sure you are aware, this
information could be used to commit credit card fraud or otherwise
allow someone else to use your identity.

You can have your name and information removed from this list by
making a telephone request. Call (800)543-6862, select option 4 and
then option 9 ("P-trak") and tell the representative answering that
you wish to remove your name from the P-trax database. You may also
send a fax to (513) 865-1930, or
physical mail to LEXIS-NEXIS attn: P-trax / P.O. Box 933 / Dayton,
Ohio 45401-0933. Sending physical mail to confirm your name has been
removed is always a good idea.

As word of the existence of this database has spread on the net,
Lexis-Nexis has been inundated with calls, and has set up a special
set of operators to handle the volume. In addition, Andrew Bleh
(rhymes with "Play") is a manager responsible for this product, and is
the person to whom complaints about the service could be directed. He
can be reached at the above 800 number. Ask for extension 3385.
According to Lexis, the manager responsible is Bill Fister at
extension 1364.
I suggest that we inundate these people with requests to remove our
info from the list and forward this e-mail to everyone we know.