How much information should data brokers be able to harvest and sell from people’s personal information? Although technology has grown significantly and the internet hosts a plethora of information, not much has been done to regulate what corporations can legally collect and use. Now, however, Congress is close to finalizing the federal American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), which data collectors are scrambling to prevent.
Data Brokers Spend Millions in Lobbying
At least five prominent data brokers have spent about 11% more on lobbying in the second quarter compared to last year, presumably after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reached a compromise on ADPPA. RELX, the parent company of LexisNexis and ThreatMetrix, digital identity services, spent 26% more on lobbying. If passed, the bill would give consumers more power over what information they can collect, which does ...
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