Congress Tackles Big Data

Investigations in Both Senate and House Seek Clarification on Practices

(1) Sample Letters Sent to Data Brokers

By combining data from numerous offline and online sources, data brokers have developed hidden dossiers on almost every U.S. consumer.  This large scale aggregation of the personal information of hundreds of millions of American citizens raises a number of serious privacy concerns.

Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX)
Co-Chair Congressional Privacy Caucus

(2) Responses from Data Brokers

The data brokers’ responses offer only a glimpse of the practices of an industry that has operated in the shadows for year.  Many questions about how these data brokers operate have been left unanswered, particularly how they analyze personal information to categorize and rate consumers.

Congressman Markey