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Data Broker Concern Prompts Senate Probe

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October 25, 2013

Recent revelations that a company acquired by Experian may have sold personal data to a group of identity thieves has prompted an investigation by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), MediaPost reports. The Experian report comes as Rockefeller and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are both already investigating the data broker industry. In a letter to Experian, Rockefeller wrote, “if these recent news accounts are accurate, they raise serious questions about whether Experian as a company has appropriate practices in place for vetting its customers and sharing sensitive consumer data.” On Wednesday, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill called on Congress to enact legislation to regulate the data broker industry.
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