Thursday, October 11, 2012
Two Congressional Investigations Into Activities of Data Companies
There are now two Congressional investigations being held regarding the activities of data gathering companies. One investigation is targeting so called "data sellers" while the other is targeting similary termed "data brokers." Both investigations are targeting some of the same companies.
The "data sellers" investigation is being run by Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massashusetts, and Representative Joe L. Barton, Republican of Texas. The investigation was prompted by this article on data gethering company Acxiom in the New York Times and targets companies such as Acxiom and Experian.
The "data brokers" investigation was opened this week by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, and targets some of the same companies as the other investigation.
You can read more about the investigations at the links below: