The Washington Post reports on privacy bills expected to come before the U.S. Congress in the weeks ahead "with a handful of lawmakers ready to introduce legislation on how best to protect consumer information on the Internet." House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton said Tuesday that he is keeping an open mind as to whether federal legislation is needed to enhance consumer privacy online. Bills being proposed include one being prepared by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to include do-not-track provisions. Representatives Bobby Rush (D-IL), Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) are also at work on privacy bills, the report states, while Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) "is also expected to introduce privacy legislation that his office has been working on for months." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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