Privacy advocates and trade groups are clashing over how to build consumer protections into the fast-growing data broker industry as they await the results of two long-running investigations that could shape Washington’s approach to the sector. Both the Federal Trade Commission and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee launched studies of data brokers last year, seeking information about how the firms operate and do business. The reviews, which are ongoing, have targeted companies including Acxiom, Experian and Datalogix, which collect information about people from sources online and offline and sell it to other businesses
Two days ago, NBCNews.com's "Red Tape Chronicles" used Instagram's recent policy change as a chance to attack marketing data providers. Click through to the story to read more: "Instagram's abrupt change of terms this week created a predictable Internet chatter bomb, as Web users erupted in anger that the firm might violate their privacy and property rights. Sadly, there is no such outrage at companies which buy and sell our privacy as their business model—and much less interest in promising efforts to rein them in. What do they
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) today expressed strong concerns with the discussion draft of a “Do Not Track Kids Act” released by Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX). The DMA described the draft bill, which would significantly change the standard set in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), as unnecessary and “off track.”
Facebook is resuming the release of its feature for applications to request personal information such as phone number and home address. This is the second time it has rolled this out, pulling it back a few days after it was launched in January amid congressional security concerns.
A powerful Republican congressman is concerned about media consolidation and is looking for some answers. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the ranking Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, wrote Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to say he is concerned with consolidation in the online advertising industry and how its partnership with Google could affect competition.