The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing Sept. 26 with representatives from tech companies and telecommunication firms to discuss their privacy practices, The Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Apple, as well as AT&T and Charter Communications, will send privacy executives to speak in front of the committee, with lawmakers expected to ask the companies about using consumer data to sell advertisements and other products, and the ways they use sensitive information such as location data. “Americans are struggling to understand what’s being collected and how it’s used,” said Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. “We’re holding this hearing to help inform consumers and to determine where the federal government may need to assert itself.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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