The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued orders to nine data brokerage companies requiring them to provide the agency with information on how they collect and use consumer data. The agency wants details on the nature and sources of the data collected; how the data is used, maintained and disseminated, and whether data brokerage firms allow consumers access to and remediation of their personal data or to opt out of having their data collected. The agency plans to use the information to prepare a study and set forth recommendations “on whether, and how, the data broker industry could improve its privacy practices.”
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