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Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:57:46 +0200

There is another side effect: it actively legitimises banks to acquire more personal data (to then presumably lose to hackers who got bored reading through what they had already stolen from Equifax).

Apropos Equifax: I wonder how certain is the company of the integrity of own its data now. We're only focusing on the loss and possible abuse, but I imagine there's more you can do when you have that kind of months long open door access.

Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:33:45 +0100

My mother has already suffered from a similar problem. When her husband died she was 89 had been driving cars without accident for 50 years. We tried to get insurance for her to continue to drive her car, but no company would insure her. Why not? Because the "all driver" comprehensive insurance had been in her husband's name so the companies had no record of her, and they would not insure a "new" 89 year old driver.

So I tried to get insurance for her car in my name and to add her as a named driver, but you can't insure a car you don't own. The only solution was for me to take ownership of her car and insure it in my name, which presents different risks.

Seven years later she doesn't drive any more, but we've kept her driving licence up to data since it is the only form of photo ID she possesses. (My driving licence doesn't have a photo, which occasionally flummoxes youngsters in banks.)

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