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Data Brokers Under the Magnifying Glass of Congress
2012-07-26 06:23:24

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A common theme in the dark science fiction genre of cyberpunk revolved around the sale of data - often through illicit means. This dark future, which saw console cowboys hawking their trade in oftentimes stolen data, may not come to fruition as eight members of Congress have opened a sweeping investigation in data brokers. The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus co-chaired by Edward J Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts,...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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