BY Gerry Smith
In a report released Monday, the FTC called for legislation to give consumers access to personal data held by brokers and allow them to correct any inaccurate information. The commission also suggested a website where brokers could identify themselves to consumers and describe how they collect and disclose information.
Though largely unknown to the general public, data brokers gather information from a variety of public and private sources, including home purchase histories, change of address forms, credit card activity and even address information from local pizza delivery shops, according to Ashkan Soltani, a noted privacy researcher. Then they sell that data to buyers who use it for a variety of purposes, often for online marketing.
Privacy advocates praised the commission’s call for greater transparency.
- FTC Plans To Implement A “Do Not Track” Option For Internet Browser Users By The End Of The Year (connectyourhome.com)
- FTC privacy report appeals to Congress as critics assail self-regulation (zdnet.com)
- FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws (informationweek.com)
- FTC Calls for “Privacy by Design” (allthingsd.com)
- FTC Issues Final Commission Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy (bespacific.com)
- US regulators push Internet companies to adopt ‘Do Not Track’ system – @Reuters (theglobeandmail.com)
- New FTC privacy proposal unveiled today calls for added consumer protection online (news.consumerreports.org)
- FTC’s ‘Privacy By Design’ Idea Will Impact Mobile (phonescoop.com)
- FTC chairman: Do-not-track law may not be needed (macworld.com)