Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Personal Tech
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
'Reclaim Your Name,' FTC Commissioner Says of Data

By Barry Levine
June 27, 2013 11:20AM

    Bookmark and Share
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill's proposed "Reclaim Your Name" initiative would allow users to see what information brokers are collecting about them and how it is being used, allow an easier way to opt out, and provide a path for correcting errors in data that could be used, for instance, to deny credit or get a job.
 



NSA phone logs, identity thefts, online tracking, data brokerages. The digital age has brought with it a huge data trail for one's identity and behavior, and now a Federal Trade Commission member has proposed a new initiative to "Reclaim Your Name."

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill has recommended that the initiative allow consumers to access data held on them by data brokers and others. Data brokerages store a variety of data points on individuals, such as ethnicity, shopping patterns, estimated income, location, magazine subscriptions and more, which are correlated to create profiles that marketers -- and, increasingly, political campaigns -- can use to identify new customers or potential supporters.

In theory, the data brokerages allow individuals to opt out of their databases, but doing so is not user friendly or easy. In Brill's proposal, some compliance by data brokers would be voluntary, but there would also be new legislation to require that brokers "provide notice, access, and correction rights to consumers scaled to the sensitivity and use of the data." Additionally, there have been investigations in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about common practices by data brokers.

Getting to Know You

Brill's proposed "Reclaim Your Name" campaign would allow users to see what information brokers are collecting about them and how it is being used, allow an easier way to opt out, and provide a path for correcting errors that could be used, for instance, to deny credit or get a job. The proposal was made Wednesday by Brill at a speech to the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

As Brill noted in the speech, cookies track us online, and "we tell TripAdvisor our travel plans, open our calendars to Google Now, and post our birthdays on Facebook." In addition, pictures of our newborn babies are posted on Instagram, questions about intimate medical conditions are asked on WebMD, diet sites know what we eat and how long we exercised, Google Maps and Foursquare know where we go, dating sites know the kind of person we're looking for, and so on.

Of course, that kind of data about us is only the first wave on the traditional Internet. As the Internet of Things comes more fully to life, there's data on us about where we pay to park our cars or how often we change our thermostat, and, through CCTV on the streets and fast-improving facial recognition programs, there's video of us as we walk around town.

'E-Score' Report

As Brill points out, the accumulation of data is affecting our lives in ways that are not simply related to whether we pay our credit cards on time. Some new lending institutions, for instance, are bypassing traditional credit reports in favor of Big Data analyses derived from our trail on social networks and other online sources.

A company called eBureau prepares what Brill described as "credit scores on steroids," using data from one's occupation, salary, spending on luxury items or pet food, all processed through a proprietary algorithm to produce an "e-score" that is used by some businesses to determine whether goods and services will be offered, and on what terms.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

MedicalQuack:

Posted: 2013-08-06 @ 12:39pm PT
This is not enough, need to license and excise tax those making billions selling data. Why do you think manufacturing is suffering? Every stick of code written and every query does not have value but they sell it like it does with non linear math models...this is an epidemic affecting the entire economy..aka Algo Duping

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2013/06/ftc-reclaim-your-name-campaign-not-good.html

Algo Duping videos that help educate here...by folks smarter than me..end result is the Attack of the Killer Algorithms and hurts all of us.

http://www.ducknet.net/attack-of-the-killer-algorithms/



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Personal Tech
1.   Nvidia Revamps Shield as Game Tablet
2.   Verizon Boosts FiOS Upload Speeds
3.   'May I Help You?' Asks Jibo the Robot
4.   'TV Anywhere' Solutions from Sling
5.   Mobile Apps Offer Last-Minute Deals


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
34 European Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware
Criminals have been finding gaping holes in Android-based two-factor authentication systems that banks around the world are using. The result: 34 banks in four European countries have been hit.
 
New Web Tracking Technologies Defeat Privacy Protections
Recently developed Web tracking tools are able to circumvent even the best privacy defenses, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
 
Juniper DDoS Solution Aims at High-IQ Networks
In the face of more complex attacks, Juniper Networks is boosting its DDoS Secure solution to help companies mitigate the threats with more effective security intelligence throughout the network fabric.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.