On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on consumer privacy and the need for a federal baseline law. On one side — Senators Rockefeller (D-WVA) and Kerry (D-MA), strong proponents of baseline privacy legislation, and on the other was Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), who questions whethere there is the need at all for legislation and who expressed cocern over compliance costs threatening innovation. On Monday, the Congressional Internet Caucus wil hold a program on pending privacy legislative proposals, moderated by Hogan Lovells Privacy Leader Chris Wolf.
A recent New York Times article fueled the debate over whether the EU is more committed to the protection of personal privacy than the US. Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice co-director Chris Wolf responded in a Letter to the Editor of the Times, published today, along with that of Mark Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. This entry describes, links and quotes from the article and the exchange, and references the upcoming eG8 forum on the Internet (and privacy) in which Chris will participate, and where the issue of privacy cooperation will be addressed.
The Future of Privacy Forum is conducting a survey on the reaction of privacy enthusiasts to the recently-issued FTC and Commerce privacy reports. You are invited to participate and share your views. A link to the survey is included here.
The New York Times published a piece today with the headline “Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy,” suggesting that the Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission appear to be at odds over how to advance privacy in the United States. This blog post questions the reality of that conclusion.