Jah-Wren Ryel writes: If you work in the USA, there is a good chance Equifax has been selling your salary information. As part of a credit reporting sevice that covers at least 30% of the working American public, employers have been handing over all of their payroll data to Equifax since at least 2009. Most companies have a policy against employees sharing salary info among themselves, but apparently it is just fine for them to give it to strangers looking for dirt on you.
Jah-Wren Ryel writes: You may think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it’s worse than you’ve heard. “We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says,”