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NCC call for clarity

The National Consumer Council is calling for greater transparency from financial services companies when they collect website user&#39s personal data.


In a report the NCC said all websites should show easy-to-understand statements on their collection and tracking practices to protect the consumer privacy.


The watchdog is asking for comments on the report by March 2000 and ultimately hopes to develop a voluntary code of practice on collecting consumer data.


NCC director Anna Bradley, said: “Consumers need to be aware they may be in inadvertently passing on information that can be sold to others when they take out an insurance policy or order goods via the telephone or internet.”


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