Privacy Bills Old and New in the House of Representatives

Lora Bentley
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Top 10 Privacy Issues for 2011

Social media and location-based technologies top the list of concerns.

When Republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, leaders made it clear that online privacy legislation would be a priority in the new session of Congress. So far, they've been true to their word.

 

Last week, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Internet privacy bill that first came to light last year. According to National Journal, the measure would allow companies to collect users' Web activity information, but would provide users with a means to easily opt out of such collection if they choose to do so. It would also require companies to obtain user consent before sharing collected information with third parties.

 

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) also introduced privacy legislation last week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Unlike Rush's bill, Speier's bill would expressly give the Federal Trade Commission authority to create a "do not track" system. The agency recommended the creation of such a system in a report released in December, according to CNET News.

 


Rep. John Kerry is expected to introduce his rendition of Internet privacy legislation soon as well. But as has been previously noted, Republicans may not look kindly on the offerings from Democrats if they are perceived as giving the FTC too much power.



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