Equifax has assembled a private database containing the employment and salary records of more than one-third of U.S. adults, and is perfectly fine selling that data off to the highest bidder:
Some of the information in the little-known database, created through an Equifax-owned company called The Work Number, is sold to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities… [...]
Its database is so detailed that it contains week-by-week paystub information dating back years for many individuals, as well as other kinds of human resources-related information, such as health care provider, whether someone has dental insurance and if they’ve ever filed an unemployment claim. In 2009, Equifax said the data covered 30 percent of the U.S. working population, and it now says The Work Number is adding 12 million records annually.
The information is collected with the cooperation of employers, who pay The Work Number to provide verification services for former employees, surrendering data at the same time.
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