On February 24, 2010, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will hold a joint hearing on the collection and use of location information for commercial purposes. This joint hearing is the third on privacy held by these two subcommittees this Congress. A joint hearing was held in June 2009 to learn about online behavioral advertising practices and to consider whether federal privacy legislation is necessary to address concerns associated with these practices. A second hearing was held in November 2009 on the online and offline collection and commercial use of consumer information.
The scheduled witnesses for Wednesday’s hearing are:
Computer Science and Engineering & Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
CTIA – The Wireless Association
John B. Morris, Jr.
Center for Democracy and Technology
Chief Operating Officer
uLocate Communications, Inc.
These hearings are being held in preparation for introducing privacy legislation. Rep. Boucher (D-VA), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, has stated that he intends to introduce a bill to regulate online collection and use of consumer information. Privacy legislation is expected soon.