The Center for Digital Democracy has accused 30 companies, including Adobe, AOL and Salesforce.com, of breaking a U.S.-Europe data protection agreement — and slammed the FTC itself for not properly policing them.
An FTC investigation into nine big data brokers shows how the companies use inferences to create categories like “Urban Scramble” and “Expectant Parent.”
Private data brokers, which compile everything from our sex habits to our license plate license location, are a growing cause of concern.
The revelation that the NSA piggybacks on commercial cookies to track individuals’ web habits could spread the economic fallout from the spying disclosures much more widely, by drawing attention to the very thin and fuzzy line separating commercial and government surveillance.
A data broker tried to show us what it knows about our lives — but the transparency ploy quickly fell flat with both consumers and privacy advocates. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get points for effort.
There was a time when only people with money to hire a detective could dig into someone’s life. Now, dozens of companies have sprung up that will prowl into a person’s past for as little as $2.
Advertising companies like Facebook and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) are usually on the front line of the digital privacy debate. But in a long-await…