Washington — The House Energy & Commerce
Committee’s Republican leadership laid out a game plan
last week for dealing with online data security and privacy
issues, which are among the hottest regulatory topics
inside the Beltway.
The representatives pledged a “comprehensive review”
of those hot topics. Starting with the June 2 Commerce,
Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee hearing
on “Sony and Epsilon: Lessons for Data Security Legislation.” Sony, for one, has conceded its online gaming networks were subject to massive security breaches.
“While data security and prevention of data theft will
mark the fi rst phase of the committee’s action, the Energy
and Commerce Committee will also look later in
the year at broader electronic privacy concerns,” Rep.
Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman, said in a statement.
Among the issues in the panel’s sights are using
personal information to target online advertising and
collecting information from Web surfers without adequate
“We will study both the risks and rewards inherent in
wired and wireless Internet communications,” said Rep.
Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Communications
Subcommittee. “Whatever approach we ultimately take,
we will strive to create a competitively and technologically neutral approach that both aff ords consumers protection and preserves innovation.”