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Jeff Gelles

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Jeff Gelles covers consumer and technology topics for the Inquirer and writes the weekly Consumer 14.0 and Tech Life columns for The Inquirer.  He welcomes comments in this blog as well as calls and e-mails about consumers' concerns. Contact him at 215-854-2776 or Follow him on Twitter @jeffgelles.

How does the age of ever-bigger data help consumers, or threaten annoyance or harm? The Federal Trade Commission raised those questions as politely as possible last week while again turning a spotlight on the data-broker industry, part of its ongoing effort to get a grasp on something that's about as slippery as seawater.
Jeff Gelles: An asthma inhaler that beeps when you can't find it or alerts you if you accidentally leave it behind. Eyeglasses that can treat seasonal affective disorder and other reactions to a lack of sunshine.

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