Alleged ID theft at DC Blockbuster

From an article in this morning’s Washington Post:

A former employee of the Blockbuster video store in [Washington's] Dupont Circle [neighborhood] has been indicted on charges of stealing customers’ identities, then using them to buy more than $117,000 in trips, electronics and other goods, including a Mercedes-Benz.

A grand jury charged that Miles N. Holloman stole credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and other private financial information from the application files of 65 customers of the Blockbuster store in 2003, then used some of that data to open retail store and credit card accounts [...]

It’s interesting how the United States has existing federal law for protecting information about customers’ video rental selections and preferences, yet has scant federal law regulating how numerous commercial entities (ranging from the neighborhood video rental store to nationwide data brokers) handle critical personal information like Social Security numbers — well, for now, anyway.

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