Addressing Government Partnerships with Data Brokers
As commercial surveillance becomes increasingly prevalent in society, data brokers have built extremely profitable business models around aggregating, packaging, and sharing massive amounts of personal information from mobile apps, web browsers, public websites, and other sources. Although data brokers often handle highly sensitive information—such as a person’s precise geolocation, shopping history, and demographics—the industry is largely underregulated in the United States, often operating with little public transparency, consumer privacy controls, or clear limitations on data usage. Furthermore, the U.S. data brokerage industry can enter contracts to share sensitive personal information with both domestic and foreign government entities, which carries implications for individual privacy, civil liberties, and national security.
Join the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program for a conversation on domestic and foreign government access to U.S. personal information in the evolving data broker ecosystem. The panel will feature Elizabeth Goitein, Senior Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; Stacey Gray, Senior Director, U.S. Policy, Future of Privacy Forum; Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Security and Surveillance Project, Center for Democracy & Technology; and Justin Sherman, Senior Fellow and Research Lead, Data Brokerage Project, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.
This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.