Who Owns Americans' Personal Information and What Is It Worth?

by Robert Shapiro and Siddhartha Aneja

Americans are rightly concerned about mounting evidence that the internet’s major platforms and many large companies are systemically gathering, analyzing and selling everyone’s personal information. More than nine in ten Americans believe that they should determine who can see their personal information, and nearly nine in ten believe they should be able to direct any website to dispose of their personal data. Yet, these operations – gathering and analyzing as much personal information as possible about every American and selling it in various forms – are an essential part of the online economy’s current business model.

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