Privacy: for every attack, a defense

Thursday, 24 July 2003, 1:15 AM EST

Chris Larsen may seem like an unlikely privacy advocate. But then, as the CEO of online lending firm E-Loan, Larsen has seen the murky underworld of personal data collection. As a player in a business that thrives on information, Larsen knows how easy it would be to use a consumer's credit score to manipulate the auto insurance rate the person pays or to track a consumer's buying trends to concoct a risk profile that could be used to justify a less-favorable mortgage rate.

"Profiling is fast getting to the point where it crosses the line of efficiency in business to the dark side," says Larsen. "We're going to see a technology train wreck unless we can get it under control."

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