Senate Commerce Committee to Explore Internet Privacy, Airport Screening, Cybersecurity

Chairman Rockefeller's (D-WV) priorities for the Senate Commerce Committee in the new Congress will include consumer privacy, oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, airport screening, and cybersecurity, according a recent statement. Senator Rockefeller has specifically called for strong Internet privacy laws. "There are no baseline privacy protections for most consumer online activity," he stated. "Industry self-regulation has largely failed, and I hope that the Department of Commerce . . .will reach the conclusion that legislation is necessary to protect consumers." EPIC has testified previously before the Committee on the Childrens' Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), protecting consumers' phone records, and spam e-mail. For more information, see EPIC: Online Tracking and Behavioral Profiling and EPIC: Cybersecurity Privacy Practical Implications.

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