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What Will Midterms Do to Privacy?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 2, 2010

The Hill reports that no matter who controls congress after the midterm elections, online privacy legislation will likely survive due to bipartisan support. The Boucher-Stearns Discussion Draft, for example, requiring Web site transparency on user data use, was championed by a Democrat and a Republican. Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy said that "Privacy is a hot-button red and blue issue" that both sides can work together on. However, if Republicans gain control of the house and Democrats control the senate, as many predict, it could lead to gridlock on major issues, pushing privacy and cybersecurity down on the priority list.
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