Will NSA Relevations Lead To A Crackdown On Data Brokers?

By Wendy Davis

Revelations about extensive surveillance by the National Security Agency should serve as a wake-up call about other types of data collection, Federal Trade Commission member Julie Brill argues in a recent op-ed.

“All day long, as we surf the Web, tap at apps or power up our smartphones … we constantly add to the veins from which data miners pull pure gold,” Brill writes in The Washington Post. “It took the NSA revelations to make concrete what this exchange means: that firms, governments or individuals, without our knowledge or consent, can amass large amounts of private information about people to use for purposes we don’t expect or understand…

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