News sources are reporting that AT&T is funding a group to focus on standards for commercial use of consumer data. According to the Washington Post:
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
The group also is seeking funding from other companies and has a 23-member advisory board that includes people from Facebook, LexisNexis and advocacy groups such as the Center for Democracy and Technology. A professor and privacy adviser to former President Bill Clinton, Peter Swire, who also is advising President-elect Barack Obama, is on the board as well.
The group hopes to propose a privacy agenda for the Obama administration next week and plans to publish research and reports. One of the first topics will be to show people what happens to their data on the Internet.
There has been increasing attention on companies’ gathering of consumer data (whether done secretively or not) and the various ways businesses are using the data. I’ve written previously about Web sites such as Facebook, Internet Service Providers, and search engines gathering personal data to create targeted advertisements.