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Lawmakers, Experts React to Final Report

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 27, 2012

Following the release yesterday of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) final privacy report, several members of Congress joined the FTC in calling for broad-based privacy legislation, The Hill reports. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said "we'd be wise to act now rather than defer decisions until future Congresses." Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said, "Today's FTC report highlights the need for Congress to finally enact this necessary legislation." Future of Privacy Forum Co-Chair Christopher Wolf said the agency's "definition of the scope of privacy legislation is flexible and sensible..." Meanwhile, a representative from the Software & Information Industry Association commented, "In light of the FTC's substantial authority" the industry group does "not believe there is a need for new privacy legislation." Center for Democracy & Technology President Leslie Harris welcomed the report, adding, "Today, the FTC joins the administration in a growing chorus of support for baseline consumer privacy legislation."
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