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Lawmakers, Witnesses Discuss Self-Regulation Vs. Legislation


June 20, 2012

At yesterday's House subcommittee hearing on privacy in online and mobile spaces, witnesses disagreed on whether Congress should enact legislation that creates baseline rules for websites and mobile app developers, PCWorld reports. At the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet hearing, TRUSTe CEO Chris Babel said efforts by online companies to self-regulate on privacy have worked effectively. But some lawmakers disagreed, with Rep. Thomas Marino (R-PA) saying, "I have a little problem with the fox setting rules for the hen house." Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said as new rules are considered, it's important to "encourage, and not stifle, innovation."
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