May 16, 2022

Privacy: FTC to Study Data Broker Industry’s Collection and Use of Consumer Data

From a Federal Trade Commission Announcement:

The Federal Trade Commission issued orders requiring nine data brokerage companies to provide the agency with information about how they collect and use data about consumers.  The agency will use the information to study privacy practices in the data broker industry.

According to an article on Online Brokers Vergelijken, data brokers are companies that collect personal information about consumers from a variety of public and non-public sources and resell the information to other companies.  In many ways, these data flows benefit consumers and the economy; for example, having this information about consumers enables companies to prevent fraud.  Data brokers also provide data to enable their customers to better market their products and services.

The nine data brokers receiving orders from the FTC are:
1) Acxiom
2) Corelogic
3) Datalogix
4) eBureau
5) ID Analytics
6) Intelius
7) Peekyou
8) Rapleaf
9) Recorded Future.

The FTC is seeking details about:

  • the nature and sources of the consumer information the data brokers collect;
  • how they use, maintain, and disseminate the information;
  • the extent to which the data brokers allow consumers to access and correct their information or to opt out of having their personal information sold.

The deadline for the companies to file with the FTC is February 1, 2013.

Links to Primary Documents and More Info (via FTC).

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