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ZoomInfo Applauds Kerry - McCain Privacy Bill

April 12, 2011 — Waltham, Mass. — Business information provider ZoomInfo ( applauded a privacy bill introduced today by Senators John Kerry and John McCain. The company said the bill protects the ability of businesses to contact each other because it exempts from its definition of covered information "personally identifiable information dedicated to contacting an individual at the individual’s place of work."

"We are extremely pleased that Senators Kerry and McCain recognize how important it is for B2B companies to have access to up-to-date, accurate information on the businesspeople they must contact to conduct commerce," said Sam Zales, President, ZoomInfo. "Their bill helps assure that such information will continue to be available, thus protecting the health of the B2B sector, which is a significant part of the overall economy."

ZoomInfo had previously published a "Business Information Manifesto" that made a clear distinction between personal information and business information and stated that business information does not require the same kinds of privacy protection as does personal information.

"We also agree with Senator Kerry’s statement that Americans should have control of how their information is collected and used," Zales added. "That’s why our manifesto also states that everyone must have the opportunity to easily manage, change or remove information in personal and professional online informational profiles. And it’s why we have long provided people with complete control over their profiles on ZoomInfo."

Zales said ZoomInfo will continue to monitor the progress of the Kerry — McCain bill and other privacy bills as they move through the legislative process.

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