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[Dataloss] Are Clinic Visits On Credit Reports?
From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Tue May 09 2006 - 20:41:51 CDT
(from a data loss standpoint, maybe this falls more under
"possibility of unknown or unwilling exposure" and not loss or theft.
comments encouraged. - lyger)
Posted: Tuesday, May 9 at 03:00 am CT by Bob Sullivan
Mike Herwig looked at his credit report recently and saw something even
more disturbing than past due accounts.
He saw the words "Starlite Recovery Center."
As the name hints, Starlite is a drug and alcohol treatment clinic in
Texas. Herwig, a 36-year-old Boston resident, received treatment for
alcoholism there two years ago and wanted that to remain secret. But now
he fears he's been outed as a recovering addict in front of future
employers, landlords, insurance companies and any other organization that
pulls his credit report.
Experian, which issued the credit report, says Herwig's fears are
unfounded. Starlite's name is omitted from copies of the report given to
others and appears only on Herwig's personal report, according to
Experian.s Don Girard. In fact, federal law prohibits credit bureaus from
listing the name of any medical treatment facility on a credit report
furnished to lenders or employers, he said.
Still, Herwig's story is instructive about the alarming things that can
appear on credit reports, and the kind of rights consumers have.
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