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Kirk Nahra Discusses FTC Report on Data Brokers’ Information Collection Practices

May 28, 2014

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a Law360 article published yesterday about a report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concerning the transparency of data brokers, companies that collect and share personal consumer information.

According to the article, the FTC report—released yesterday—cites a “fundamental lack of transparency” in how data brokers mine information from public records, online transactions, and other sources when building consumer profiles.  The report also called on Congress to pass legislation that would make data broker practices more visible to consumers, giving them greater control over the information that brokers collect and share.

“The report will put more pressure on Congress—although legislation is still unlikely—and will lead to increased pressure generally on data brokers,” said Mr. Nahra.  “And it will force everyone in the industry to think harder about how they are using this kind of data and for what purposes.”