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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Senate eyes online privacy rules -

Senate eyes online privacy rules -

Top Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee signaled Tuesday that they’re eyeing sweeping new rules to regulate online privacy — even as top tech players like Apple, AT&T, Google and Facebook cautioned them to tread carefully.

The tech companies told senators at a hearing Tuesday that they’ve worked hard to address privacy concerns, but Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) vowed that legislation will be coming next year anyway.

“We have learned a great deal more about this issue over the past decade. And working together, I believe we will successfully enact this legislation next year,” Kerry said in a statement, noting he would work with Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) on a proposal.

He gave scant details of what the bill would include or when he would release it.

Representatives from Apple, AT&T, Google and Facebook said little about the role of federal regulation during opening statements and questioning Tuesday. But in prepared remarks, they each pleaded for regulators to leave online privacy primarily up to the innovators who can devise creative solutions to protect consumers.
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