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Barton and Markey Question Groupon

CONSUMER PRIVACY—U.S.

July 22, 2011

In light of reports that Groupon will expand its data sharing practices, Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Ed Markey (D-MA) have written a letter to the company's chief executive officer asking how it will protect its customers' data. Bloomberg reports that the legislators asked Groupon to clarify its willingness to allow customers to opt out of geotracking; whether third-party partners will be required to follow Groupon's privacy policy, and whether the company has experienced a data breach. "Avoiding full price shouldn't put your privacy at risk," Barton said.
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