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The Hill: Who’s tracking you online? Senate Dems want answers

Four Senate Democrats want new rules for advertising companies that track where people go online.

The lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would allow people to get access to and control the files that the companies — known as “data brokers” — keep on them.

“Data brokers seem to believe that there is no such thing as privacy,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement. “We need to shed light on this ‘shadow’ industry of surreptitious data collection that has amassed covert dossiers on hundreds of millions of Americans.”

The somewhat murky world of data brokers has only recently begun to come to light for many Americans, while their ability to gather information about how people live their lives has increased as more and more activities move online.

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