information broker

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information broker

(1) A company that collects and sells personal information about individuals. Credit bureaus are prime examples, although other organizations specialize in this service. Also called a "data broker."

(2) An individual who searches for information for clients. Information brokers use various resources including the Internet, online services that specialize in databases, public libraries and books. They also make plain old-fashioned telephone calls. The word "broker" is a misnomer. Information retrieval consultant would be more accurate. Sue Rugge and Alfred Glossbrenner wrote an excellent book on the subject, "The Information Broker's Handbook." See Web search engines and online service.
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And it added: "Goody Market UK was unable to provide the ICO with evidence that people had agreed to receive marketing messages, as it had relied on verbal assurances from the data broker that the details had previously been used for text messaging purposes.
While there is time, insurers and regulators should begin work on ensuring sound data quality, data hygiene, and holistic data governance for both internal corporate information and external data broker information.
The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act would allow consumers to access and correct their digital information to help ensure maximum accuracy and would provide consumers with the right to stop data brokers from using, sharing, or selling their personal information for marketing purposes.
com)-- Protecting your financial and personal details from getting into the wrong hands starts with slowing down the flow of information data broker companies gather when you visit a website.
Overall, the company feels strongly about the growth of Big Data and the Internet of Things (loT), also predicting that by 2017, more than 30 percent of enterprise access to broadly based Big Data will be via intermediary data broker services, and more than 20 percent of customer-facing analytic deployments will provide product tracking information leveraging the Internet of Things.
a data broker that had sold 318 consumer reports to identity thieves.
Rockefeller has long been advocating for greater transparency in the online industry, and ramped up these calls after a recent Commerce Committee investigation of the data broker industry revealed that consumers often have no idea what information is being collected about them or how that information is being used -- nor do consumers have any ability to stop such practices.
Validation for this idea--and competition for Datacoup--comes from Twitter and Facebook, both of which work with the data broker Datalogix to link people's social-media activity and the things they buy.
In the universe of big data and data analytics, the center of it all is the totally legitimate, highly proficient but somewhat shadowy world of the data broker.
Brill acknowledges data broker Axciom plans to let consumers see the information it collects about them, but they are just one of many players in the big data universe.
Regarding data brokers, the ETC supports targeted legislation that would provide consumers with access to information about them that is held by a data broker.
This is because once a data broker releases the criminal record, the purpose of expungement is significantly undermined.