Committee Gives Online Privacy a Higher Profile
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 16, 2011
ADWEEK reports that the new Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law is an indicator that online privacy will be a higher priority at the federal level. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who is known for his commitment to consumer privacy, has been selected as the subcommittee's chairman, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) as the ranking member. "The boom of new technologies over the last several years has made it easier to keep in touch with family, organize a community and start a business," Franken said, cautioning, "It has also put an unprecedented amount of personal information into the hands of large companies that are unknown and unaccountable to the American public."