May 27, 2014

FTC urges legislation to shed more light on data brokers

Data brokers that collect, analyze and sell massive amounts of information on the activities of consumers for marketing purposes operate with “a fundamental lack of transparency,” the Federal Trade Commission said in a report. The legislation, the FTC says, should give consumers access to the information collected about them by data brokers, allow consumers to suppress information and inform consumers what inferences are being made about them.

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