Data Warehouses

Commercial data warehouses in the U.S. consolidate data from various sources and resell it to third parties. Data warehouse sources include public records such as birth, marriage, and death records; voter registrations; court files; arrest records; property ownership and tax information; driver's license information; occupational licenses; Securities and Exchange Commission filings; and Census data. They also include, but are not limited to media reports, merchant records, credit reports, change of address information, phone records, student surveys and private investigative records.

ChoicePoint (CP) is one of the biggest data warehouses and the biggest commercial supplier of personal data to federal agencies. The FBI, Department of Justice, and IRS all have multi-million dollar accounts with CP. CP has 10 billion records and contracts with 35 federal agencies to share data with them. The data is indexed by Social Security numbers and CP claims that if you have a credit card, CP has your in their database.

And CP does not just operate within the U.S. In April 2004, ChoicePoint was hired by the Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta (CISA) in Canada. And people in Latin America were recently shocked to find out that the CP database includes Mexico's entire list of voters and Colombia's citizen identification database.

Other large data warehouses that compete with CP include Accenture, Acxiom and LexisNexis.

Related Matter


U.S. Trends:
Data Collection Explosion
Data Warehouses
Government-Business Connection
Operation Shamrock
Data Accuracy
Fair Information Practices
The MATRIX (Formerly TIA)
Secure Flight (Formerly CAPPS II)
Infragard, TIPS and Cat Eyes
The USA Patriot Act

Canada and Outside the U.S.