Data companies too important to police themselves: Toronto Star op-ed

September 4, 2019 by School of Cities Staff

In an op-ed published in the Toronto Star (September 3, 2019), Distinguished Professor of Urban Systems Engineering, Mark S. Fox, the School's associate director, research, says it's time to recognize that data aggregators/brokers represent a new category business, that ought to be subject to government regulation, because of the potential harm they could have on society. 

"These providers routinely sell the data they collect to numerous comparatively obscure aggregators, which combine data from multiple sources to create detailed profiles of individuals. Right now, they operate entirely without regulation and it is putting all of our privacy at risk. These data aggregators and brokers should be licensed to operate," says Fox.

"Our privacy is no less serious a matter than any of the government’s other regulatory concerns."

Read the op-ed in the Toronto Star