Most of us know that our online searches are used to feed us advertising. But today, our every move online–from that Facebook post about going to yoga to a search for a family lawyer–creates a detailed profile of us which can be collected and sold by data brokers and marketers. Payday lenders and for-profit colleges increasingly use the information to target vulnerable people, but no Internet user is immune. Federal agencies and consumer advocates are beginning to address the abuse, but many say these practices are too opaque and underregulated.


  • Alvaro Bedoya Founding Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law
  • Aaron Rieke Project Director, Upturn
  • Adrienne LaFrance Staff writer, The Atlantic
  • Ed Mierzwinski Federal Consumer Program Director, U.S. PIRG

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