A U.S. Senate subcommittee is looking into data mining, collection and distribution practices by nine companies to find the impact on accountability and privacy with personal information.

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-West Virginia), the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, issued letters noting a growing concern over the amount of personal information available online. Rockefeller goes on to mention FTC rulings on the lack of self-regulation among data brokers and some recent personal data breaches.

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