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Class-Action Suit Filed Against Data Aggregator

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 21, 2010

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in California against Spokeo, a search engine that provides personal information gathered from various public sources to paying subscribers, alleging much of the information is inaccurate, PC Magazine reports. According to the Washington, DC-area resident who filed the suit, the company has published "largely inaccurate and false information about him and has marketed this information to employers at a time when he is seeking employment," the report states. Separately, the Center for Democracy and Technology has filed a complaint with the FTC over the accuracy of Spokeo's information, stating the site should be subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Spokeo announced this week that it is implementing new privacy controls to be unveiled within the year.
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