Category Archive: Capitol Hill News

Jul 30 2010

Privacy Is Heating Up On The Hill

Elizabeth Frazee Government consultant TRUSTe Photo Credit It’s been a big week for privacy issues in Washington. Hearings in both the Senate and the House with heavy hitter witnesses and public comments from policymakers about their plans for legislation have kept those of us in the privacy policy community plenty busy. Tuesday’s Senate Commerce Committee …

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Jul 23 2010

A new federal privacy law on the horizon?

Elizabeth Frazee Government consultant TRUSTe Photo Credit Yesterday I attended a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection that focused on two pending privacy bills in the House of Representatives. Seven witnesses testified about HR 5777, the Best Practices Act, introduced by the subcommittee’s Chairman, Representative Bobby …

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Jul 16 2010

Protecting Youths In an Online World

Elizabeth Frazee Government consultant TRUSTe Photo Credit Yesterday I attended a hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee entitled “Protecting Youths in an Online World.” You can watch a video of the hearing here. The hearing was overseen by the subcommittee’s chairman, Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) …

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Jun 30 2010

Do current privacy laws serve consumer interests and democratic values?


Fran Maier President TRUSTe This was the question asked this past Spring by the Department of Commerce, who sought public input on “the impact of current privacy laws in the United States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information economy”. TRUSTe submitted comments (which you can view here) as did …

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Jun 23 2010

Privacy Legislation for the Internet Era


Maureen Cooney Chief Privacy Officer and VP for Public Policy TRUSTe Image Credit As a member of the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) I attended a dialogue today hosted by the FPF on Capitol Hill with Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and privacy stakeholders on draft privacy …

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Jun 04 2010

On the Future of Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

Maureen Cooney Chief Privacy Officer Vice President for Public Policy This past Wednesday I participated as a panelist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) roundtable held in Washington, D.C. titled “Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online: Reviewing the COPPA rule”. Audio and video from the roundtable is available here. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enacted …

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May 05 2010

Thoughts on the new online privacy bill


Fran Maier President TRUSTe Photo Credit Today, Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, released draft language for their much-anticipated online privacy bill. In short, the bill requires online entities to provide notice to individuals and obtain their …

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Feb 01 2010

7 Takeaways from the FTC roundtable in Berkeley, CA


By Fran Maier President and Executive Chair TRUSTe Photo Credit Last week I attended the 2nd Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Privacy Roundtable, held in Berkeley, California. The roundtable featured an impressive group of privacy players from both the public and private sector, including FTC regulators, CPOs of major U.S. companies, and leaders of prominent national …

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