The Federal Trade Commission is not taking privacy issues lightly in the cases of nine data brokers. The FTC has ordered Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, Peekyou, Rapleaf and Recorded Future (News - Alert) to provide details related to sources from which information is procured, how the information is used and whether or not consumers have access to the data.
Politicians from both the right and the left are concerned about this issue with West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton and Massachusetts Democratic Representative Ed Markey involved in the call for investigation of data brokerage. Broadcasting Cable.com notes that this has been an issue that the FTC (News - Alert) has been very involved with this year, calling for increased transparency earlier in 2012.
According to the FTC’s official website, it plans on using the information collected from the orders to make recommendations on whether or not data brokers need to improve their privacy practices and, if so, how they can do so. The orders were issued after a unanimous vote in its favor... Read More