While the data brokers say the information is used to put people in very general profiles such as “sports enthusiast” or “avid traveler,” the World Privacy Forum found a list of rape victims for sale at one data broker (the link now goes to an “updating” page. Maybe it’s a coincidence! Or maybe MEDbase200 decided it would be best to take its services offline for a while until this all blows over).
Senator Rockefeller thinks this is maybe more worrisome than the NSA spying. I’d agree.