Press release, May 31, 2007: Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, with attorneys general from 43 other states, announced a settlement today with ChoicePoint for allegedly failing to adequately protect consumers' personally identifiable information, resulting in a massive security breach. The Atlanta-based ChoicePoint, which collects and maintains personally identifiable information on consumers, provides identification and credential verification services to businesses, government and non-profit organizations. In February 2005, ChoicePoint announced that criminals posing as legitimate businesses accessed consumers' personally identifiable information. The company notified more than 145,000 consumers nationwide whose information may have been compromised - including nearly 6,000 from Connecticut. Under today's settlement, ChoicePoint has agreed to adopt significantly stronger security measures. Those measures include written certification and, in some cases, on-site visits by ChoicePoint to ensure the legitimacy of companies before they are allowed access to personally identifiable information. ChoicePoint will also conduct periodic audits to ensure that companies are using consumer data for legitimate purposes."