Updated: February 2013

Legislating consumer privacy online and off

Last month, Congressmen Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns, respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, released a discussion draft of legislation "to assure the privacy of information about individuals both on the Internet and offline." This is the most significant movement in over half a decade to craft privacy rules for consumers in the digital age.

Click here to listen to audio of the discussion.


  • Michelle De Mooy, Senior Associate, National Priorities - Consumer Action [bio]
  • Erin Egan, Partner - Covington & Burling [bio]
  • Leslie Harris, President & CEO - Center for Democracy & Technology [bio]
  • Mike Zaneis, Vice President of Public Policy - Interactive Advertising Bureau [bio]

This widely attended educational briefing is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Congressional staff and members of the press welcome. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. More information on the ICAC is available at www.netcaucus.org.


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