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The privacy issues of the day.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Today's Top Privacy Stories:

LexisNexis Begins Notifying Possible Victims of Data Breach MercuryNews.com - April 18, 2005

LexisNexis said on Monday that it has begun notifying about 280,000 people whose personal information may have been accessed by unauthorized individuals using stolen passwords and IDs.

IRS Flaws Expose Taxpayers to Snooping, Study Finds Washington Post - April 18, 2005

Computer-security flaws at the U.S. tax-collection agency expose millions of taxpayers to potential identity theft or illegal police snooping, according to a congressional report released on Monday.

Credit card, Check Data Stolen from DSW Shoe Reuters - April 18, 2005

An internal probe of theft at DSW Shoe Warehouse stores found that information involving 1.4 million credit card and 96,000 check transactions was stolen from their computers, according to parent company Retail Ventures. Retail Ventures, which first announced the theft in March, said that information was stolen from 108 stores, or five more than initially thought, in detailing the results of its fraud investigation.

AOL Said to Reach Deal to Use Universal Videos New York Times - April 19, 2005

Amid pressure from the Universal Music Group, America Online has struck a deal to pay for the use of Universal's music video libraries for its online service, people involved in the deal said.

Symantec Debuts Integrated anti-Spyware Tools CNet - April 18, 2005

Symantec took the wraps off its consumer spyware offering on Monday, releasing a test version of tools it will soon add to its Internet security package. The company posted on its Web site a free download of the beta version of the spyware-blocking applications, which it will make available until roughly June 1. At that time, the product will arrive as part of Symantec's Norton Internet Security AntiSpyware Edition, a midyear update of its annual computer defense applications set.

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