Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced that the Commerce Committee is asking for detailed information on the practices of data brokers that compile and sell information about consumers. A longtime champion of consumer privacy, Rockefeller said that the breadth and reach of data brokers -- particularly with the growth of the Internet -- requires a better understanding of their practices and the impact they have on consumers.
"Collecting, storing and selling information about Americans raises all types of questions that require careful scrutiny," said Rockefeller. "While these practices may offer some benefits to consumers, they deserve to know what's being collected about them and how companies profit from their information. We are sending letters to nine different companies today to learn how this industry works."
Senator Rockefeller sent the letters to:
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