The Hill takes a look at the future prospects for privacy legislation. In May, 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 — released a discussion draft of a new privacy bill. Privacy Lives joined nine leading privacy and consumer organizations in calling for changes to the Boucher-Stearns bill, urging much stronger provisions to protect consumer privacy both online and off.
In July, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) (Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce) introduced a privacy bill (pdf) called the Best Practices Act of 2010. And he held a hearing, where advocates and industry representatives debated the provisions of the legislation.
Now, the Hill reports:
Though some tech-related bills will live or die depending on Tuesday’s election results, online privacy legislation is likely to survive the midterm storm, according to observers who track the issue.
House Democrats have pushed for privacy legislation that would force online marketers to disclose when they are following customers’ activities online. But the effort is likely to have strong prospects to move in the next Congress no matter which party controls the chamber. […]
But telecom lobbyists say that even if Democrats lose control of the House on Tuesday, Republicans are likely to press ahead with online privacy legislation in the next Congress.