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    The Hill: Senate turf war brewing over web privacy

    The Hill reports on some power struggles cropping up in Congress concerning privacy legislation:

    The leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee sent a clear message to the Judiciary Committee this week: Online privacy is our territory. Commerce chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) took the unusual step of writing to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing their opinion that the Commerce Committee is the natural home of any online privacy legislation.

    At issue is the announcement from Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) last month regarding the formation of a new Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) serving as chairman and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) as ranking member. […]

    Sources told Hillicon that Commerce staffers were blindsided by the announcement of the new subcommittee without first discussing how the new subpanel would coordinate with Commerce on privacy issues.

    But a Judiciary aide said Commerce was taking a narrow view of privacy as solely a consumer issue and said there is clearly a role for the Judiciary Committee in privacy-related issues.

    The aide noted Judiciary considered privacy legislation as recently as the data privacy bill from Sens. Leahy and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in the last Congress and was adamant that Judiciary coordinates with Commerce frequently on privacy and other related issues and will continue to do so in the future.

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