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Sen. Al Franken to chair New Privacy Subcommittee.

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  • Peter Psarouthakis
    Sen. Al Franken To Chair New Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has announced
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 15, 2011
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      Sen. Al Franken To Chair New Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy,
      Technology and the Law Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has
      announced the creation of a new subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the
      Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). ISPLA will be closely
      monitoring the activities of this new subcommittee.

      "The explosion of new technologies and activities online, including social
      media, has unleashed new questions about how to protect Americans' privacy
      in the digital age," said Leahy. "As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I
      have made privacy a top priority, and that will continue in the 112th
      Congress. The important work of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and
      the Law will complement the work that the full Committee will continue this
      year. I welcome Senator Franken as the chair of this subcommittee, and look
      forward to continued progress in protecting Americans' personal privacy."
      "The boom of new technologies over the last several years has made it easier
      to keep in touch with family, organize a community and start a business,"
      said Sen. Franken. "It has also put an unprecedented amount of personal
      information into the hands of large companies that are unknown and
      unaccountable to the American public. As chairman of this new subcommittee,
      I will try to make sure that we can reap the rewards of new technology while
      also protecting Americans' right to privacy."

      The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law will
      include: oversight of laws and policies governing the collection,
      protection, use, and dissemination of commercial information by the private
      sector, including online behavioral advertising; privacy within social
      networking websites and other online privacy issues; enforcement and
      implementation of commercial information privacy laws and policies; use of
      technology by the private sector to protect privacy, enhance transparency
      and encourage innovation; privacy standards for the collection, retention,
      use and dissemination of personally identifiable commercial information; and
      privacy implications of new or emerging technologies.

      Senator Franken has asked Attorney General Holder to incorporate an analysis
      of geotags-information about a person's location that is embedded in photos
      and videos taken with GPS-equipped smartphones- into an updated stalking
      victimization study connected to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
      He also joined with several of his Senate colleagues in urging Facebook to
      fix its privacy policy to block users' personal information from being
      accessed by third parties without the users' consent.

      Senator Franken will chair the subcommittee, and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
      will serve as the panel's ranking member. Other Democratic Senators on the
      subcommittee will include Chuck Schumer of New York, Sheldon Whitehouse of
      Rhode Island, and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Republican Senators on
      the subcommittee will include Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lindsey Graham of
      South Carolina.

      Bruce Hulme , ISPLA Director of Government Affairs To Support Your
      Proactive Voice In Washington Go To: www.ISPLA.org
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