For immediate release: April 16, 2024


In support of the DELETE Act

To Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce,

We, the undersigned organizations, call on you to defend hundreds of millions of Americans from the abusive business practices of data brokers by passing H.R.4311, the DELETE Act, or including it in a privacy package. The vast majority of people do not want sensitive personal information that can be used to harm and harass them publicly listed and sold across the internet. Yet, there are over 500 data broker websites to opt-out from, and if you opt out once, data brokers will just put your information up again when they find it elsewhere.

Like Californians, who will receive a data broker opt-out option in 2026, everyone in the US deserves a one-click opt out to tell these data brokers to stop putting us and our loved ones in danger for profit. And we need it quickly, before AI supercharges both data broker-enabled scams and the bulk collection of sensitive personal data for brokers to exploit.

Just as you gave us a tool to protect ourselves by directing the FTC to create the National Do Not Call Registry to combat telemarketers and robocalls, we ask you now to do the same for data brokers with a vigorous DELETE Act that will permanently get people’s private personal information off the internet. Whether we serve poll workers, librarians, civil servants, doctors or patients, abuse survivors, activists, veterans, journalists, or just people who value the privacy of their homes, we urge you to act with haste and give everyone the tools we need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.


Fight For The Future
U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)
Consumer Action
Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
18 Million Rising
Woodhull Freedom Foundation
Yale Privacy Lab
Accountable Tech
Consumer Federation of America
National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients)
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Convocation Research + Design
Dangerous Speech Project
Oakland Privacy
WA People’s Privacy
The Value Alliance