CDT Baseline Discriminatory Data Practices One Pager

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In its 2016 Big Data report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that “big data offers companies the opportunity to facilitate inclusion or exclusion.” Unchecked data processing and algorithmic decisionmaking can amplify discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, financial status, and other group membership. Since the FTC’s report, discriminatory data practices have continued but little has been done to address them. Congress must act to curb data-driven discrimination and protect civil rights.

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