Congress To Host Set of Privacy Hearings
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.March 18, 2013
The Hill reports on several privacy hearings to be hosted by various House and Senate Committees this week. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first in a series of hearings on expanding privacy protections within the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The hearing is expected to reveal whether law enforcement groups will push back against the proposal, the report states. Additionally, a new coalition has been launched to urge Congress to strengthen privacy protections in ECPA. At least three different congressional committees will also hold hearings on cybersecurity-related issues, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to examine privacy issues stemming from domestic drone use. Meanwhile, Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer writes on why there needs to be a “better, simpler” narrative of U.S. privacy laws.