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Congressmen Launch Data Broker Investigation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 25, 2012

Eight members of Congress have opened an investigation into data brokers, a move that “could lay bare the inner workings of the consumer data industry,” The New York Times reports. Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) and six other lawmakers sent a letter yesterday to nine “leading industry players,” including Acxiom, Epsilon, Experian and Equifax, requesting information about how the companies “amass, refine, sell and share customer data.” Markey said, “We have gone from an era of data keepers to this new era where data reapers are able to create very complex profiles of every American,” adding he hopes the inquiry will “ratchet up” the transparency. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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