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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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Sterling Information Broker offers any-to-any data translation and processing services, supporting various document standards including X12, EDIFACT, XML, and industry-specific and proprietary formats.
Sterling Information Broker enables Kroger and its trading partners to conduct business in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Sterling Information Broker volumes rose in July to more than one hundred billion characters, representing a 17 percent increase over volumes in July 2003.
Several states passed laws to make it illegal for information brokers to obtain information by pretending to be the consumer or someone else with legal access to the data--a practice known as pretexting.
The bill amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to cover communication of personally identifiable information by information brokers and imposes an affirmative, continuing obligation upon consumer reporting agencies to respect the privacy of consumers and to protect the security and confidentiality of their nonpublic personal information.
What is always going to be of paramount concern is the security of the databases behind these systems--especially given the recent breaches of ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, two of the largest data information brokers.
Two weeks later, ChoicePoint, one of the six largest information brokers in the United States, signed a $67 million contract (another $11 million would be attached later) to provide Ashcroft with the personal records of hundreds of millions of Latin Americans, all presumably potential terrorist suspects.
investment bankers are accustomed to shake-outs and business shifts daily, and are more like information brokers than securities brokers.
The overall design and content of a website is now as critical as the underlying application code, and it is essential for Web designers, content contributers and third-party information brokers, to actively collaborate with application developers to ensure the site's quality, reliability, and accuracy.
Our librarians are trained as information brokers to support their communities.
EUSIDIC member organisations include publishers, online/internet vendors, learned societies, database producers, information brokers, research services and representatives from a wide range of private and public companies throughout Europe.

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