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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:35 PM

'Reclaim Your Name': FTC commissioner wants companies to reveal what user data they collect

Source: TheVerge.com

It's difficult to tell just how much personal information companies have picked up about us from our online trails, our smartphone and app activity, and our credit card purchases. Sure, certain sites and apps offer ways for users to see their activity data on their platforms, but going to each one individually is not convenient, to say the least. Plus, there are many companies so called "data brokers" that specialize in collecting and piecing together personal data about people in the background, without broadly disclosing that fact. Now one US government official is proposing a sweeping new initiative that would let people see all the data that such companies have collected about them. Called "Reclaim Your Name," the effort is still just a proposal for now, but it will become reality in the coming months if its creator, Julie Brill, a commissioner with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has her way.

In her keynote address today at the Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference in Washington, DC, Brill cited some examples of the kind of broad data collection that many companies engage in without explicitly informing consumers, including a notorious incident in which the retail chain Target accidentally revealed a teen girl's pregnancy to her parents by crawling purchase data. As Brill put it in her speech: "Imagine walking into Target and reading a sign on the wall or a disclosure on a receipt that says: 'We will analyze your purchases to predict what health conditions you have so that we can provide you with discounts and coupons you may want.' That clear statement would surprise and alarm most of us."

Brill's proposed solution to this seemingly alarming collection of personal data without consumers' explicit awareness or consent is a proposed initiative she calls "Reclaim Your Name." Here's how she described it in her speech:

Reclaim Your Name would empower the consumer to find out how brokers are collecting and using data; give her access to information that data brokers have amassed about her; allow her to opt-out if she learns a data broker is selling her information for marketing purposes; and provide her the opportunity to correct errors in information used for substantive decisions like credit, insurance, employment, and other benefits.

Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/26/4467298/reclaim-your-name-ftc-commissioner-wants-companies-to-reveal-what

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IDemo Jun 2013 OP
patrice Jun 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #2
JDPriestly Jun 2013 #3
YOHABLO Jun 2013 #4
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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:42 PM

1. K! and fucking! R! for your government fighting for your privacy from snooping that actually does

involve YOU and that's by far, far, far many more of you than NSA snooping does, but watch this bit of information fall absolutely flat out there in the hate government AT *A*L*L* COSTS movement.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:36 PM

2. K&R

Great, we will see how far this goes.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:39 PM

3. Good idea.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:19 PM

4. Absolutely .. let's push on this .. excellent idea.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:23 PM

5. Of course ...NSA data on you will not be included. Your data is top secret.

 

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