Times Article: If My Data Is an Open Book, Why Can’t I Read It?

by Jeff Sovern

Last week, the Times ran an article about companies that sell consumer data to businesses but won't provide it to the consumers involved.  Despite the headline, reprinted above, I thought the article didn't really explain why companies won't provide the information to consumers.  So I wrote a letter with my explanation, which the Times has now posted on its website.  My letter is accompanied by another which offers an interesting take on this issue.

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