In July, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) (then-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce) introduced a privacy bill called the Best Practices Act of 2010 (pdf). And he held a hearing, where advocates and industry representatives debated the provisions of the legislation. Now, the Hill reports that Rush will reintroduce his privacy bill next week.
He garnered qualified support from Intel, eBay and Microsoft last year, while a competing bill was drafted by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (D-Fla). Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) also promised a bill focused on protecting children.
The question of which GOP member will take the lead on privacy this year is still up in the air. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) circulated a “dear colleague” pledging to focus on the issue, while Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is co-chairman of the privacy caucus.