Data brokers and buyers anger Congress

Thursday, 29 June 2006, 1:24 PM EST

Almost every piece of personal information that Americans try to keep secret - including bank account statements, e-mail messages and telephone records - is semi-public and available for sale.

That was the lesson Congress learned over the last week during a series of hearings aimed at exposing peddlers of personal data, from whom banks, car dealers, jealous lovers and even some law enforcement officers have covertly purchased information to use as they wish.

At The Washington Post.

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