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Another Government-Info-Broker Inquiry Is Underway

June 11, 2013

Amid an escalating data-collection scandal within the Obama administration, the investigative arm of Congress is conducting a study of data brokers.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., commissioned the study of information resellers by the Government Accountability Office, the non-partisan research and investigative arm of Congress. The GAO confirmed the study, to be completed in late summer. The GAO is “is looking at what laws and regulations regarding the privacy of consumer information held by information resellers, and what gaps, if any, exist in this legal framework,” according to Chuck Young, the GAO’s managing director-public affairs.

The study will also cover “the advantages and disadvantages of key policy options that have been proposed to improve consumer data privacy,” he said.  

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