Data Privacy Bill Expected to Target Retailers, Banks
Data privacy is likely to be among the hottest technology issues to face Congress this year, in part due to interest from the new chairman of the House Financial Services Committee...
While some major corporations -- most recently Microsoft -- have expressed support for some kind of federal consumer privacy law to govern how companies can use, combine and trade consumer data, the effort to produce baseline privacy protections for consumers may set off contentious policy debates, said Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The question with this issue -- as with others -- becomes, is this an area where dueling interest groups will make it difficult for Congress to come to an effective solution, or is it something that's moving so fast that anything Congress is likely to do will end up obsolete a year or two from now?" he said.