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Boucher Schedules Online Privacy Hearing

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) has scheduled a hearing on one of his key legislative priorities: online privacy.

Boucher, chairman of the House Communications, Internet and Technology Subcommittee, will hold the hearing --

"Communications Networks and Consumer Privacy: Recent Developments," on April 23 at 10 a.m. There will also be a staff briefing the day before.

One of the recent developments is that Boucher has told Multichannel News that he is working on a bipartisan bill that would impose privacy protections--some combination of opt-in and opt-out requirements--for behavioral advertising and data collection and their use by Web sites.

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.