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Two Hearings on Capitol Hill Today

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 15, 2011

Two privacy-related hearings took place on Capitol Hill today. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary convened at 10 a.m. to discuss legislation including the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011; the Data Breach Notification Act, and the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011. The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade met at 9:30 a.m. for "Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation," where, according to its background memo, members were to "examine the European Union's privacy and data collection regulations and how they have impacted the Internet economy." In an American Public Media feature, academics explore this topic. USA Today reports that a coalition of 80 consumer organizations has sent a letter to the committee's chairwoman expressing concern that the hearing is biased toward industry rather than consumer concerns. 
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