Sen. Al Franken to chair New Privacy Subcommittee.
- 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
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
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