At the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing June 11, lawmakers sought answers on how the data broker industry operates, has evolved over time and technological progress, and what Congress should do about it. They wanted to hear from both privacy advocates, government and the industry itself. But there was one problem standing between Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and the answers his committee sought: The data broker companies asked to participate in the hearing declined. In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, the IAPP's Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, was at the hearing and has the details, including recommendations from witnesses Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum and Alicia Puente Cackley from the Government Accountability Office that Congress expand the Fair Credit Reporting Act to regulate an industry that has so far evaded policing through "cracks and fissures" in current sectoral law.
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