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Lawmakers, Data Firms Respond to FTC Probe

BIG DATA—U.S.

December 19, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) inquiry into the collection practices of data brokers has garnered praise from several lawmakers and has been welcomed by some of the companies involved. MediaPost reports Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said consumers “deserve to know who is collecting information about them,” and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) said, “It’s critical to bring data brokers out from the shadows and shed light on this omnipresent industry.” Acxiom Chief Privacy Officer Jennifer Barrett Glasgow, CIPP/US, welcomed the opportunity. She wrote, “We consider this request as an avenue to promote a better understanding of why what we do is vital for the American economy as it creates enormous value for people and businesses while respecting and protecting consumers’ interests.”
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