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Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra delivers remarks on relieving medical debt during an event in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2022. (Stefani Reynolds / AFP)

CFPB’s proposed data rules would improve security, privacy and competition

By giving the public greater control over their banking data, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposal would deal a blow to data brokers.
Pedestrians walk inside newly installed “bike rack” barricades outside the U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Congress can rein in data brokers

Know your customer rules are a first step to address the risks of sensitive data — including on U.S. military servicemembers — sold online.
During a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., seen above in May 2020, asked asked if China could get the same information from data brokers as it could from a backdoor into TikTok. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

Experts say Congress should do more to keep data brokers from exposing Americans’ private information

Lawmakers also raised concerns about how data brokers sell Americans' health data, including mental health and reproductive information.
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