A number of US states have issued new or revised licenses to intermediary companies to help them avoid the requirement to obtain a license.
The state of New York, for instance, has issued a license to two companies, and Maryland and Wisconsin have issued licenses to one.
The licenses allow intermediary companies, which are usually companies with fewer than 100 employees, to collect personal information from consumers and sell it to advertisers.
The companies must obtain a credit card authorization from consumers, and the companies must maintain certain information in a database.
These licenses allow the companies to do things like sell consumers’ personal information to advertisers without going through a license holder.
For example, a company might use a consumer’s information for an ad that would otherwise be on a third-party website, but the company does not have to get the consumer’s permission, because it would not need to obtain credit card approval.
Another example might be when a consumer purchases a product online and later sends the product to an intermediary company to complete the transaction.
The intermediary company would send the product back to the consumer.
A third example might include a product that has been purchased online and is subsequently delivered to an online retail store, but there is no way for consumers to know that the products were delivered by an intermediary.
This new or modified license can be used to sell products without going to a licenseholder, but it is not a replacement for a license, said Jonathan Cottam, director of the Center for Privacy and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Center for Technology and Innovation in New York City and the New York Civil Liberties Union have issued similar licenses for intermediary companies.
Cottam said the licenses are intended to allow intermediaries to operate more smoothly and legally than the licenses issued by the Federal Trade Commission, which does not require intermediaries or consumers to get a license before selling their information.
“These new licenses provide more protections and make it easier for consumers and intermediaries who do want to do this type of work to do so,” Cottami said.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the Department of Justice said it was not aware of any instances in which an intermediary had requested a license from the FTC.
The statement said the Justice Department was working to establish “the proper balance between protecting consumer privacy and the safety of consumers and consumers’ businesses.”