House Hearing Weighs Privacy vs. Innovation
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.March 30, 2012
Officials from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Commerce (DoC) testified yesterday before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz said, "Our report is just best practices for companies...It doesn't impose any obligations upon companies," PCWorld reports. Some Congressional members expressed concern that the government is attempting to overregulate. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) stated, "Before we do any possible harm to the Internet, we need to understand what harm is actually being done to the consumers." Association for Competitive Technology President Jonathan Zuck said the DoC multi-stakeholder process should not be open to the public, while the DoC's Lawrence Strickling said, "We don't think there is any substitute for openness and transparency." Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) also pressed Liebowitz and Strickling on whether they would support a new bill that would implement a kids' do-not-track obligation.