News release: Pam Dixon to testify before Congress today
Washington, D.C. — Pam Dixon will be testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee today at 2:30 pm Eastern. The hearing, held by Senator Rockefeller, focuses on data brokers, what information they are collecting from consumers, and what they are doing with the information. The hearing will take place after a year-long investigation into data brokers by the Committee. “Data brokers are an invisible and powerful force in many peoples’ lives,” said Pam Dixon. “It is the right time to be shedding light on what needs to be done to give consumers the tools and controls they need to shape the digital exhaust that fuels the data broker industry, often without consumers’ knowledge or choice.” Pam Dixon will be sharing her research on data brokers and suggesting solutions to the problems a lack of regulation in the industry has created, especially regarding sensitive information like health conditions and financial status.
The World Privacy Forum will be releasing a new consumer privacy tool available from the website later today, it will be available at: http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/2013/12/data-brokers-opt-out/ (Link will go live later today)
Russell Senate Office Building
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