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Technology / TECHNOLOGY

Kerry, McCain Will Introduce Consumer Privacy Bill

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Kerry, D-Mass., chat on their way into the House for the State of the Union.(Richard A. Bloom)

photo of Josh Smith
April 11, 2011

Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., plan to introduce a consumer privacy bill on Tuesday that would formalize how companies can use personal information.

The pair did not release details but said in a statement that the legislation would establish a “framework to protect the personal information of all Americans both online and offline”.

Kerry, chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and McCain, a former Commerce chairman, will release the bill at a news conference on Tuesday.


Kerry has been working on privacy legislation since last year. "Americans cannot today demand that someone who's collecting their information stop using it," he said at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in March.

Past drafts of the bill have narrowed the definition of personally identifiable information and included a provision that requires companies to build protections into their services or products.

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