Abine, Inc., a Boston-based online privacy startup, provided NTIA with a tutorial on: online data collection; the data broker industry; and, "restrictions on developer innovation in the mobile privacy realm".
Topics to discuss
"Due to a lack of consumer awareness of the existence of data brokers, complex opt-outs, severe risks of harm, and an industry history of deceptive behavior, the current state of the data broker industry is unacceptable to consumers," argued Abine in recommending five areas for "clarification and investigation" through the multistakeholder process:
opt-out definition and process;
transparency of data sources;
compliance and compliance assurance; and,
special care for high-risk groups, such as law enforcement professionals and individuals who have been stalked, abused or had their identities stolen.