Privacy Groups tell Senate Stronger Laws Needed

A coalition of 15 privacy and consumer groups, representing millions of consumers and Internet users, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee urging Congress to do more to protect consumer information. "Consumers today face an unfair choice: either stay offline and ignore the benefits of new technology, or plug in and run extraordinary risks to privacy and security," they wrote. "It shouldn't be this way. Consumers are more concerned about the privacy threat from big business than from big government," the letter continues. The coalition, which includes the Consumer Federation of America! Consumers Union, and the National Consumers League, argues that current privacy laws are inadequate, and that industry self-regulation has failed, as evidenced by millions of records compromised in data breaches. The consumer letter follows one sent by industry groups urging lawmakers not to pass any additional legislation. For more information, see Privacy Coalition.

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