data brokers

  • backgroundchecks
    August 23, 2014  

    Today, nearly 90 percent of employers run a check on at least some of their applicants. As more employers throughout the country use background checks to review job applicants, NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson takes a look at the job-screening process, which has recently come under fire for inaccurate reports that can cost people jobs.  Continue reading

  • Big Data
    July 6, 2014  

    What types of information are companies gathering about you? How can they use this information, or even trade it? And what rights do consumers have to learn how they’re being tracked? Julia Angwin, senior reporter at ProPublica and the author of “Dragnet Nation” spoke with Hari Sreenivasan at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado to shine some light on these complex questions. Continue reading

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    June 29, 2014  

    A new report this week describes how hospitals are buying information from data brokers to determine how likely you are to get sick and what it may cost to treat you. For more on this Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News joins Hari Sreenivasan in New York. Continue reading

  • Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images.
    June 13, 2014  

    Companies known as data brokers know a lot about you and the information you share online, including your interests, political preferences, religious affiliations and spending activities. The Federal Trade Commission is now raising questions about the transparency of this industry. Jeffrey Brown interviews FTC chair Edith Ramirez. Continue reading

  • Relying on big data about job candidates doesn't make for a good hiring process, says Nick Corcodilos. Photo by Flickr user Infocux Technologies.
    May 31, 2014  

    The Federal Trade Commission issued a report this week suggesting consumer protections be put in place to combat the collection and selling of consumer information. “Big data” companies collect and sell billions of bits of information about all aspects of consumers’ online lives, including online browsing, purchases, income and even religious and political affiliations. Amy Schatz of Re/code joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington for more. Continue reading