Consumer advocacy group discovers Social Security numbers and home addresses for senior government officials for sale on Internet

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: A consumer advocacy group, trying to prove a point about privacy in this country, says it has hit the jackpot. It went on the Internet in search of Social Security numbers for sale. The California-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said that for $26 each it was able to buy the Social Security numbers and home addresses of Attorney General John Ashcroft, CIA director George Tenet and Karl Rove, the president’s chief political adviser, and other senior officials. The group says it’s trying to stop the Bush administration from backing federal legislation to override new state privacy laws.

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