House passes bill banning Uncle Sam from snooping on citizens via data brokers

April 18, 2024 at 01:35PM The US House of Representatives passed the Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act (H.R.4639) to restrict the government’s ability to procure data on citizens through data brokers. The bill seeks to ban the government from purchasing data on Americans from data brokers, drawing divided opinions. Additionally, other surveillance-related bills … Read more

House Passes Bill Barring Sale of Personal Information to Foreign Adversaries

March 21, 2024 at 11:12AM The US House of Representatives passed bipartisan bill H.R. 7520, prohibiting data brokers from selling Americans’ personal information to foreign adversary countries or entities. The bill empowers the Federal Trade Commission to enforce the legislation and covers various sensitive information types. The legislation aims to safeguard national security and individual … Read more

President Biden Blocks Mass Transfer of Personal Data to High-Risk Nations

February 29, 2024 at 12:09AM U.S. President Joe Biden’s Executive Order prohibits mass transfer of citizens’ personal data to countries of concern, including sensitive information like genomic, biometric, health, and financial data. The order aims to protect data from being exploited by threat actors and restrict access via commercial agreements. It comes amid concerns about … Read more

Mozilla adds paid-for data-deletion tier to Monitor, its privacy-breach radar

February 6, 2024 at 04:58PM Mozilla expanded its privacy-monitoring service with Monitor Plus, aiming to remove subscribers’ data from data brokers’ sites for $8.99/month. This move reflects revenue diversification efforts and responds to growing privacy concerns. The service, offering wider data removal coverage than competitors, anticipates the influence of upcoming data protection laws and regulations. … Read more

FTC bans one more data broker from selling your location info

January 19, 2024 at 12:14PM The FTC settled with InMarket, prohibiting it from selling Americans’ location data. The company collects data from its own and third-party apps, creating detailed advertising profiles without users’ consent. The FTC found InMarket’s data retention policy excessive and proposed measures including data deletion and consent enforcement. This is the FTC’s … Read more

Data Brokers Expose Sensitive US Military Member Info to Foreign Threat Actors: Study

November 7, 2023 at 11:42AM A new study from Duke University reveals that foreign threat actors can easily access sensitive information on US military members through data brokers. These brokers collect and sell a wide range of information, including personal details, financial data, and health information. The study found that it is inexpensive and straightforward … Read more