I found the tone of the message below interesting - sounds like the collectors truly fear this legislation: As posted on Yahoo: "HR 2036 is the "Social Security Number Privacy and Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2001." If enacted, this bill would criminalize many legitimate uses of a person's SSN. There is no exception for pre-litigation investigation or even post-judgment debt collection! As we all know, information is the grease that keeps the wheels of commerce and justice spinning. Criminalizing the legitimate use of personal identifiers - e.g., SSNs, DOBs, DLs, addresses, etc. - is an ineffective proxy for enforcement of other laws. Banning the legitimate sale or possession of nine-digit numbers as a crime prevention measure fails miserably. It makes about as much sense as banning telescopes in order to stop peeping Toms, or confiscating automobiles to stop drive-by shootings. The full text of this evil monstrosity can be viewed at http://thomas.loc.gov - Enter H.R. 2036 in the search box. The opposition are mobilizing their forces to push for tighter controls on information. They don't think that GLB Act goes far enough. Their goal is to close off all supposed "loopholes." Their agenda is to make it a crime to obtain a debtor's credit report without the explicit permission of the debtor. They want child support collection brought under FDCPA. To them, routine skiptracing among creditors and collectors constitutes some kind of egregious invasion of privacy of the poor old deadbeats, and should be punished with stiff civil and criminal penalities. Skiptrace a debtor, go to jail. They do not care if you call yourself an investigator, debt collector, process server, or judgment enforcer. They want to shut down your access to credit info, property records, tax assessor records, criminal records, civil litigation, vehicle records, voter rolls, etc. Or they want you to allowed only santized versions of records, which are essentially useless for our professions, and whatever is in the white pages. Here are examples of one of their websites. http://www.privacyrightsnow.com/ http://www.pirg.org/press/privacy6_21_01.html Are we going to let them shut it all down? Are we going to let the ship go down without a fight? Are you going to just shrug and think to yourself, "I'll let someone else put out this fire"? Or are you going to suit up and join the fray? HR 2036 is before the House Ways and Means Committee. There are so many things wrong with it that I don't see how it can really be "fixed." This bill is a lame horse that should be put out of its misery. Having said that, the bill should at the very least be amended. I am asking each one of you to write a letter to your Congressperson, and also to at least one member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Send the letter under your company letterhead. If you do this, we have a chance of killing this monster in its crib - or at least amending it. If you don't do this, it will probably be the most devastating legislative setback we have ever suffered. Do not delay!" They sound kind of frightened to me!