Congress examines hot-button Net privacy issue

    Date01 Mar 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3179
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Lawmakers and policy advisers convened Thursday at a hearing to examine privacy issues for the first time during the 107th Congress. A subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce met in Washington, D.C., to gain a broader understanding of . . . Lawmakers and policy advisers convened Thursday at a hearing to examine privacy issues for the first time during the 107th Congress. A subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce met in Washington, D.C., to gain a broader understanding of the underpinnings of information privacy, a hot-button issue among lawmakers that is the subject of more than a dozen bills before Congress this year.

    The subcommittee's hearing, titled "Privacy in the Commercial World," was designed as an educational primer for legislators preparing to consider such bills. "People from all sectors agree that privacy is an issue that is much more ripe in this Congress, so you need to educate everybody before acting," said Pete Scheffeld, a committee spokesman.

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