French regulators are deeply worried about the data broking industry.
“They are all processing personal data, there is absolutely no doubt about that,” says Mathias Moulin, director for the protection of rights and sanctions at the French data protection watchdog, CNIL to The Financial Times. “They all try to say that it’s anonymous to lower the pressure from the public, but that’s not true. They know that and we know that.”
Together with the UK and Ireland, France is examining the data-mining industry.
The examination from France, UK and Ireland is due Privacy International, who has filed complaints against 7 data brokers (Acxiom, Oracle), ad-tech companies (Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad), and credit referencing agencies (Equifax, Experian) with data protection authorities in France, Ireland, and the UK, as DataEthics.eu wrote about in November last year.
As Gabriel Voisin, partner in international privacy and data protection at Bird & Bird, says to the Financial Times. “The dream for the industry is to be able to connect the online and offline worlds to have a 360-degree view of the customer.”