Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

If you’ve been following privacy issues at all in recent years, you know that websites and smartphone apps are sharing your detailed location information with data brokers and advertisers.

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

To regular folks with some basic computer skills the Dark Web seems to be Enemy #1.People talk about it like it’s the Internet Demogorgon.Acxiom collects, analyzes and sells customer and business information used for targeted advertising campaigns.

Column: Your car dealer may be quietly selling your data to your insurer

Column: Your car dealer may be quietly selling your data to your insurer

Be that as it may, a State Farm agent confided to me that the mileage information typically comes from data broker LexisNexis, which offers insurers a service called LexisNexis Vehicle History.

Opinion | Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism

Opinion | Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism

For humanitarian organizations, monitoring and collecting data are essential for delivering the right amount of aid to the right people at the right place and time.International organizations that deploy large-scale identity collection systems can become the largest data brokers in a crisis region.

Florida’s DMV is selling drivers’ personal information to bill collectors and data brokers

Florida’s DMV is selling drivers’ personal information to bill collectors and data brokers

A state spokesperson told WFTS there’s no way for Florida residents to opt out if they don’t want their personal information sold:The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides public records as legally required, in accordance with federal and state law, and as a necessary function in order for customers to efficiently conduct everyday business.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

How to remove your private info from the web in an afternoon

How to remove your private info from the web in an afternoon

More broadly, the WPF put together what it calls the top 10 opt-outs — a detailed step-by-step guide to pulling your information from the data brokers of the world.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile get sued for reportedly selling your location data

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile get sued for reportedly selling your location data

The suit, which was filed by Z LAW on Thursday, claims that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile made geolocation data available to a Securus, a broker that allows law enforcement to access your location without a warrant.

Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It

Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It

And this is likely how a Maserati dealership in Scottsdale ended up on my advertisers “who use a contact list” page — its agency works with a data broker who has uploaded a massive contact list.

If You Want to Protect Online Privacy, You Need to Hit the Data Brokers Where It Hurts

If You Want to Protect Online Privacy, You Need to Hit the Data Brokers Where It Hurts

These little bits of info are then collected by data brokers who then piece them all together to create comprehensive digital profiles containing your age, race, gender, height, weight, phone number, email address, physical address, marital status, occupation, income, investments, net worth, home ownership status, religious affiliation, political affiliation, product preferences, and even health issues .

Data Brokers

Data Brokers

How Consumers Can Opt Out of Directory Services and Other Information Brokers. If you know of a data broker not listed below or notice inaccuracies in the information below, please email us at: webmaster(at). Read more about opting out of Online Information Brokers.

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

As of October, the company has permanently eliminated its “Partner Categories” feature, which had enabled advertisers targeting hyper-specific user demographics to do so by purchasing access, through Facebook, to consumer data gathered by third-party brokers like Acxiom, Datalogix, Epsilon, BlueKai, Oracle, and others.

CCPA: What you need to know

CCPA: What you need to know

The law is generally aimed at two classes of businesses:Data brokers : companies that either make a majority of their revenue by selling personal information of consumers or that trade (obtain, sell, or barter) more than 50,000 records per year.

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Our Mission -

In 2012, a report by the Federal Trade Commission recommended that the industry set up a public Web portal that would display the names and contact information of every data broker doing business in the United States, as well as describe consumers’ data access rights and other choices.

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.

Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information

Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information

Edvisors Network Inc. Edvisors “provides independent advertising-supported platforms for consumers to search compare and apply for private student loans.” Enformion Enformion “aggregates billions of United States public records into one of the largest online people databases.” Epsilon Data Management LLC Epsilon is one of the largest data management companies in the world, and provides direct marketing and customer relationship management services, sending more than 40 billion e-mails each year.

Big Tech Vs. Big Privacy Lawsuits

Big Tech Vs. Big Privacy Lawsuits

He’s also doing mop-up work on a seminal Supreme Court case his firm litigated involving data brokers, those shadowy companies that collect and resell consumer information. Law firms working with state attorneys general create potential conflicts of interest, he says, including the risk of AGs being influenced by campaign contributions.

What Is A-GPS Data?

What Is A-GPS Data?

In addition to location data gleaned directly from cell towers, a new Motherboard investigation has revealed that cellular carriers have also been providing access to A-GPS data to data brokers, bounty hunters, and related businesses.

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

I’m going to go out on a limb and say real-time location data probably shouldn’t be outsourced That’s presumably in addition to the data these carriers shared with Zumigo and Microbilt, the second-hand and third-hand data brokers we learned about last month.

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent

Bakshi told Motherboard it was not decided at the time of the meeting whether this consent removal should apply to consumers’ phone location information, but Zumigo is a company heavily focused on selling that specific type of data—its tagline reads “Zumigo is the leading provider of authoritative mobile identity and location information.” Zumigo pitches itself as a fraud prevention company that uses cell phone location data to determine, for example, whether a credit card transaction should be labeled as fraudulent.

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

But it has to cover the tech giants and brick and mortar stores, too." Even some data brokers have come around to the idea of a federal privacy law, as long as it levels the playing field for all industries in all states.

Tim Cook calls on FTC to let consumers track and delete their personal data

Tim Cook calls on FTC to let consumers track and delete their personal data

Writing in an op-ed for Time magazine , Cook said consumers should have the power to “delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all.” In the column Cook inveighed against what he called the “shadow economy” of data brokers: companies that collect and sell personal data generated by digital tracking.

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Information captured by retailers, both online and in stores, often finds its way into the treasure troves of data brokers, allowing them to develop and sell incredibly detailed consumer dossiers that go far beyond demographics to include behavioral quirks, biases, religious beliefs, purchasing patterns, and a host of other personal details.

Little brother is watching: Your real-time location for sale

Little brother is watching: Your real-time location for sale

Little brother is watching: Your real-time location for sale An undercover report this week accuses mobile carriers of selling your location data to brokers, some of which aren’t choosy about whom they resell it to (because of course they’re not).

Establishing identity is a vital, risky and changing business

Establishing identity is a vital, risky and changing business

The economic incentives of the internet mean that these systems, like government bureaucracies, associate identity with ever greater swathes of information built up by the data-brokers who manage the flows of information between advertisers, tech firms and consumer companies.

Children’s Personal Data and SSNs Are Being Sold on the Dark Web

Children’s Personal Data and SSNs Are Being Sold on the Dark Web

A data broker on several dark web marketplaces is currently advertising stolen personal information relating specifically to children, according to a researcher and online posts reviewed by Motherboard. The data allegedly comes from hospitals and paediatricians, according to posts from the broker on the dark web markets Dream and Empire.

European Complaints Against Data Brokers

European Complaints Against Data Brokers

Privacy International has filed complaints against 7 data brokers (Acxiom, Oracle), ad-tech companies (Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad), and credit referencing agencies (Equifax, Experian) with data protection authorities in France, Ireland, and the UK.

Shady Data Brokers Are Selling Online Dating Profiles by the Millions

Shady Data Brokers Are Selling Online Dating Profiles by the Millions

Anyone can purchase a batch of profiles from a data broker and immediately have access to the names, contact information, identifying traits, and photos of millions of real individuals. In May 2017, Moll and Tactical Tech purchased one million dating profiles from the data broker website USDate, for around $153.

I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found

I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found

The fact that countless companies are tracking millions of people around the web and on their phones is disturbing enough, but what is even more disturbing about my Quantcast data is the extent to which the company relies on data brokers, credit referencing agencies, and even credit card companies in ways that are impossible for the average consumer to know about or escape.

Opt Out

Opt Out

These are the top 10 data brokers, click on each company to have them erase your data by sending a GDPR Erasure Request. Opt Out is a free service which lets you get thousands of organisation to erase your personal data by automating the process of sending GDPR erasure (right to be forgotten) requests.

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