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New Committee Chair Could Impact Developments

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 7, 2010

A vote is expected today on the new chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and its results are "bound to have implications for online advertisers," ClickZ reports. Republican Reps. Joe Barton, Cliff Stearns, Fred Upton and John Shimkus are running for the chairmanship. Both Barton and Stearns have been active in online privacy matters. However, "While much legislator interest in online advertising and data privacy, including a pending privacy bill sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush, has originated in the commerce committee, it is unclear how much attention the committee will pay to privacy issues during the next congressional session," the report states.
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