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Flurry of Privacy Bills Introduced in Congress; More to Come?

Posted in Children's Privacy, Congress, Data Breaches, Data Security, Financial Privacy, United States

In light of the number of privacy and data security-related bills currently being considered by Congress, we thought it might be helpful to provide a roundup of the legislation introduced or circulated to date:

Comprehensive privacy legislation:

  • BEST PRACTICES Act, H.R. 611 (Rep. Rush): introduced Feb. 10, 2011.  Referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. 
  • Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011, S. 799 (Sens. Kerry and McCain):  introduced Apr. 12, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  • Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 1528 (Reps. Stearns, Matheson, Bilbray, and Manzullo):  introduced Apr. 13, 2011.  Referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. 

Do Not Track:

  • Do Not Track Me Online Act, H.R. 654 (Rep. Speier):  introduced Feb. 11, 2011.  Referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. 
  • Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011, S. 913 (Sen. Rockefeller): introduced May 9, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

Children’s privacy:

  • Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011, H. R. 1895 (Reps. Markey and Barton):  introduced May 13, 2011.  Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

Data security and breach notification:

  • Data Accountability and Trust Act, H.R. 1707 (Reps. Rush, Barton, and Schakowsky):  introduced May 4, 2011.  Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 
  • Data Accountability and Trust Act of 2011, H.R. 1841 (Reps. Stearns and Matheson): introduced May 11, 2011.  Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 
  • Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011, S. 1151 (Sens. Leahy, Schumer, Cardin, and Franken):  introduced June 7, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 
  • Secure and Fortify Electronic Data Act, H.R. ___ (Rep. Bono Mack): discussion draft released June 13, 2011.  Hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
  • Data Security and Breach Notification Act, S. 1207 (Sens. Pryor and Rockefeller): introduced June 15, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

Geolocation privacy:

  • Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, H.R. 2168 (Reps. Chaffetz and Goodlatte): introduced June 14, 2011.  Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select). 
  • Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, S. 1212 (Sen. Wyden): introduced June 15, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 
  • Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011, S. 1223 (Sens. Franken and Blumenthal): introduced June 16, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 

ECPA:

  • Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2011, S. 1011 (Sen. Leahy):  introduced May 17, 2011.  Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 

Financial privacy:

  • Financial Information Privacy Act of 2011, H.R. 653 (Reps. Speier, Hastings, and Filner): introduced Feb. 11, 2011.  Referred to the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.