Government Report Calls For Comprehensive Privacy Law

Consumers should have more information, control over personal data

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A new report on consumer privacy from the Government Accountability Office concludes that there ought to be a comprehensive federal law governing the collection, use and sale of personal information by companies since there currently is none.

The just-released report on "information resellers" was requested in June 2011 by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who last year launched an investigation into the privacy practices of data brokers. Earlier this year, Rockefeller, chairman of the commerce committee, reintroduced his Do Not Track Act. 

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