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    Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush Introduces Privacy Bill, Will Hold Hearing on Consumer Privacy

    Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) has introduced a privacy bill (pdf) called the Best Practices Act of 2010. Rush is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This bill comes a couple months after Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) — who are Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce — releasedĀ a discussion draft of a new privacy bill.

    Last month, Privacy Lives joined nine leading privacy and consumer organizations inĀ calling for changes to the Boucher-Stearns bill, urging much stronger provisions to protect consumer privacy both online and off.

    On Thursday, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing on consumer privacy. “The hearing will examine H.R. ___, the BEST PRACTICES Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, and a discussion draft, released by Reps. Boucher and Stearns, to require notice to and consent of an individual prior to the collection and disclosure of certain personal information relating to that individual.” Also, congressional staff has released a briefing memo (pdf) on the Rush bill.

    Invited Witnesses:

    • David Vladeck, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
    • Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director, U.S. Public Interest Research Group
    • Leslie Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
    • David Hoffman, Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation
    • Ira Rubinstein, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
    • Jason Goldman, Counsel, Technology and E-Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 2 p.m.
    Location: Room 2322, Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
    For more information: http://energycommerce.house.gov

    More coverage of the Rush privacy bill is at: The Hill and Online Media Daily.

    One Response to “Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush Introduces Privacy Bill, Will Hold Hearing on Consumer Privacy”

    1. Logical Extremes Says:

      Potentially promising, but I am concerned with this bit of news that the new bill doesn’t allow affected individuals to review their commercial dossiers (which, as we are quickly learning, are increasingly being used to make decisions about our lives by both commercial AND government entities):

      http://privacychoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/the-rush-bill-fails-on-visibility/

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