Information Resellers: Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace

Information Resellers: Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace. U.S. Government Accountability Office. December 18, 2013.

Members of Congress and others have raised privacy concerns about information resellers (data brokers) and consumer information. In part, their concerns stem from consumers not always knowing the nature and extent of the information collected and how it is used. Growing use of the Internet, social media, and mobile applications has intensified privacy concerns because these media greatly facilitate gathering of personal information, tracking of online behavior, and monitoring of individuals’ locations and activities. This statement for the record discusses (1) existing federal laws and regulations on the privacy of consumer information held by information resellers, (2) any gaps that may exist in this legal framework, and (3) views on approaches for improving consumer data privacy.

http://gao.gov/assets/660/659770.pdf Highlights [PDF format, 1 page, 83.61 KB].

http://gao.gov/assets/660/659769.pdf [PDF format, 22 pages, 908.26 KB].

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