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Daily Dashboard | Op-ed: FTC needs to oversee a data broker registry Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Editorial Director, April 19, 2019


While noting that big tech companies may provide a clear target for motivating federal privacy legislation, an op-ed for The Washington Post calls on the government to address concerns raised by data brokers. To curb the threat to consumers posed by “the least savory actors in the information economy,” the article urges the government to implement a data broker registry, administered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, to offer consumers a “one-stop shop for tracking down their data — and seeking redress when it has been abused.” The op-ed adds, “The tech titans at the center of the privacy controversy have done much to earn the suspicion of consumers and politicians. But their size and prominence also [make] them easy targets. Congress should pay attention to those that are harder to spot, too.”
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