FTC expands privacy inquiry

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The Federal Trade Commission, expanding its investigation of privacy issues to new and potentially controversial areas, announced plans to study so-called "look-up services" that supply, via Web sites or CD-ROM products, Social Security numbers and other personal information. The agency said it will also be looking at issues involving unsolicited e-mail. The look-up services became an issue last year after Nexis-Lexis offered the service. Now those two issues plus privacy-related issues involving children will be part of four days of privacy hearings June 10-13.

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