Committing Fraud to Protect Privacy?
Kirtley, Jane, American Journalism Review
A judge rules a reporter erred in lying about reasons for seeking credit reports but finds the story was in the public interest.
A Business Week investigation into privacy problems in the credit reporting business has wound up on the wrong side of a court ruling, which found that the reporter and his publisher committed fraud in obtaining information. However, the federal judge refused to award punitive damages because he said the story served a vital public interest.
In the spring of 1989, Business Week reporter Jeffrey Rothfeder approached WDIA Corp., a superbureau providing computerized access to the credit files of the "Big Three" agencies: Equifax, TRW and TransUnion Corp. Rothfeder wanted to see if the superbureau would let him …
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Publication information: Article title: Committing Fraud to Protect Privacy?. Contributors: Kirtley, Jane - Author. Magazine title: American Journalism Review. Volume: 21. Issue: 2 Publication date: March 1999. Page number: 70. © 2009 University of Maryland. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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