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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Congress, Privacy, and Data Brokers

I can't resist a second post today.  A bipartisan group of Congressional representatives have just sent letters to nine major data brokers: Acxiom, Epsilon (Alliance Data Systems), Equifax, Experian, Harte-Hanks, Intelius, Fair Isaac, Merkle, and Meredith Corp.

The letters seek information concerning the brokers' data gathering activity.  Information requested includes entities providing data (including sources of health data), types of data items collected, and products or services offered by the brokers to third parties using consumer data.  The representatives also want to know whether consumers have access to the information and whether they can request correction or deletion.  Companies' replies are due by August 15, and it will be fascinating to see what they say.

Copies of the letters can be found on Representative Markey's website, http://markey.house.gov/content/letters-major-data-brokers.

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