On March 26, 2012 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its report, ” Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Businesses and Policymakers .” In a previous blog post we provided an overview of the report and noted that one of the five “action items” highlighted by the FTC in the report is to focus on the practices of information brokers and “data brokers.” Most notably, the FTC calls on Congress to consider enacting targeted legislation to provide greater transparency for, and control over, the practices of information brokers and to allow consumers to access their data maintained by information brokers. The FTC notes in the report that Congress could model any such legislation on H.R. 2221 (the “Data Accountability and Trust Act”) , a bill that the House passed during the 111th Congress, as well as similar bills introduced in the 112th Congress.

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