Rockefeller Schedules Privacy/Data Security Hearing


The Senate Commerce Committee has slated a hearing on privacy and data security for June 29.

Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D- W. van.) has already held multiple hearings on privacy and has teed up cybersecurity and do-not-track legislation.

The chairman has also pushed the Federal Trade Commission to do more about protecting kids' privacy in an era of exploding mobile apps.

No witnesses have been announced for the hearing.

The issues of online privacy protection and cybersecurity have drawn a lot of attention on the Hill and in the Administration, including a proposed data security legislative package from the latter and a raft of hearings and bills from the former. The Federal Trade Commission and Justice are both pushing industry to give online users more control of the sharing of their online information, with both suggesting the government will need to oversee that self-regulatory regime.