House Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher circulated a draft privacy bill for comment and both industry and consumer groups have expressed their displeasure with the bill. The IAB argued that the legislation’s limited opt-in requirements would “fundamentally change online information and online advertising practices to the detriment of consumers,” while consumer groups condemned the bill for not requiring imposing a strict opt-in regime and called for a compete rewrite of the bill.
This presents a challenge for Boucher who hopes to have a bi-partisan bill by the end of the year. At the same, fallout over the Facebook privacy changes, Google’s Wi-Fi data mining and AT&T’s leak of Ipad email addresses increases the pressure for some form of legislation. In fact, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has written to both Google and Facebook to express his concerns and may hold hearings as his Committee develops its own bill.
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