Former Democratic Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz will co-chair the 21st Century Privacy Coalition, a group of major communications providers advocating for "modernizing" privacy and data security laws. Co-chair will be former Republican House Communications Subcommittee member Mary Bono, who was chair of the Commerce Subcommittee which oversees privacy and data security.
Coalition members include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, CTIA, DirecTV and Verizon.
Their goal is to apply the laws uniformly across the Internet -- for instance to browsers and search engines as well as ISPs -- while "ensuring the Internet remains an engine of economic growth and social change."
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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.