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Multitude of Privacy Bills Makes Action Likely

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 3, 2011

The Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection reports on the multitude of bills introduced on Capitol Hill that aim to protect online privacy. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is expected to introduce comprehensive legislation about online data collection; Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has introduced two bills addressing online tracking and financial institutions' information sharing with third-parties; The Best Practices Act would require opt-in consent for third-party information disclosures, and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) recently introduced legislation preventing potential employers from obtaining credit reports for employment purposes. "Given the amount of attention privacy is receiving in the media...all it will take is a major privacy incident to spur the lawmakers to action," the report states.
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