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Congressional Hearing on Employment Verification

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on employment verification. Several hearings have be held by the committee on the proposal to create a mandatory national government employment eligibility system. The current private sector system is voluntary.

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Privacy Rulemaking

Coalition Calls for Transparency in Public Consumer Database

In comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, over 40 public interest organizations urged the Bureau to publish consumer complaint narratives. The Bureau currently publishes limited complaint information on financial products and services, including debt collection and credit reports. The Bureau is now considering a plan to provide consumer perspectives on experiences with the financial industry. The consumer groups support this effort and also recommend obtaining consumer consent and removing personally identifiable information before posting the complaints.

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Privacy Legislation

President Pushes Consumer Privacy Forward

The President announced that he will move forward the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, a model framework for federal consumer privacy legislation.

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Coalition Members Promote Consumer Privacy Protection

Fifteen Privacy Coalition members representing millions of consumers and Internet users, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee urging Congress to do more to protect consumer information. "Consumers today face an unfair choice: either stay offline and ignore the benefits of new technology, or plug in and run extraordinary risks to privacy and security," they wrote. "It shouldn't be this way. Consumers are more concerned about the privacy threat from big business than from big government," the letter continues. The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, National Consumers League, Privacy Activism, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacy Times, U.S. PIRG, and World Privacy Forum, argues that current privacy laws are inadequate, and that industry self-regulation has failed, as evidenced by millions of records compromised in data breaches.

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Coalition Meetings

March 2015 Monthly Meeting

R. David Edelman, the Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy for the White House, joined the Privacy Coalition on March 27. Mr. Edelman discussed the recent privacy initiatives of the Obama Administration, including the recently released discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. Mr. Edelman is responsible for policy development on issues related to the digital economy, including online privacy and Internet governance.

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February 22, 2020

Fall Meeting Privacy Coalition

The meeting was an opportunity to evaluate the departing 111th Congress and the incoming 112th Congress regarding Privacy Coalition members' privacy policy initiatives. Presentations were made by Edward Hasbrouck with the Identity Project; Edward Mierzinski, US PIRG; Shahid Buttar with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Michelle Richardson with the ACLU; and Aaron Titus with the Liberty Coalition. The meeting review the prospects for consumer protection, and national security legislation in the 111th Congresses' Lame Duck and the new 112th Congress. A report was made regarding the fate of members of the Congress over the last few Federal election cycles who were vocal supporters of the Fourth Amendment. A presentation and discussion was held on a long standing issue regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and transparency at the Department of Homeland Security. The most pressing FOIA challenge for open government organizations were the limited tools they could deploy to ensure that agencies follow the Open Government directive issued by President Obama on his first day in office.

Posted by EPIC at February 22, 2020 5:20 PM