The following script is from “The Data Brokers” which aired on March 9, 2014, and was rebroadcast on Aug. 24, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Graham Messick and Maria Gavrilovic, producers. Posted on http://www.cbsnews.com.
Over the past year, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security. What most of you don’t know, or are just beginning to realize, is that a much greater and more immediate threat to your privacy is coming from thousands of companies you’ve probably never heard of, in the name of commerce.