Congress to Examine Data Sellers

In a move that could lay bare the inner workings of the consumer data industry, eight members of Congress have opened a sweeping investigation into data brokers—companies that collect, collate, analyze and sell billions of details annually about consumers’ offline, online and mobile activities for marketing and other purposes. Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Representative Joe L. Barton, Republican of Texas, co-chairmen of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, along with six other lawmakers, sent letters of inquiry on Tuesday afternoon to nine leading industry players. In the letters, the legislators requested extensive information about how the …

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  • Doktor Thomas

    Congress generally labels its efforts to conceal the real purpose. The name is usually a direct opposite of the actual congressional intent. There is no reason to expect this investigation to be any different. More importantly there is no reason to trust, support or endorse the efforts of any elected official who belongs to either majorly inept political party. Unlike most liars who talk out both sides of their mouths, Washingtonians have decahedron orifices. The outcome of this fishing expedition will undoubtedly hurt citizens’ privacy rights and negatively impact direct marketing. The delusionals mentioned in the NYT article should be focused on cutting spending rather than wasting time on area about which they know little, if anything. Congressional hearings are a farce. Watch one; they speak for themselves. Even they can’t hide the idiocy.