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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

July 2015 Monthly Meeting

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda joined the Privacy Coalition on July 10. Ambassador Sepulveda serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. The Ambassador discussed security, encryption, and privacy as it relates to maintaining an open internet.

Also joining the Privacy Coalition in July was Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling, who serves as the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Assistant Secretary Strickling joined the Privacy Coalition on July 24 to discuss the NTIA's recent privacy multistakeholder process on facial recognition and upcoming multistakeholder processes for drones and cybersecurity. He also discussed the current state of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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December 12, 2012

November 2012 Privacy Coalition Meeting

Jonathan Cantor, Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security was the guest speaker. The Coalition received a briefing from Justin Rood, Senior Investigator for the Minority Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' regarding the committee's Fusion Center Report. Hemant Pathak, Assistant General Counsels for Microsoft spoke about the company's Privacy Projects on HIPAA and FERPA. J. Bradley Jansen, Director Financial Privacy and Human Rights briefed the coalition on a sign-on letter calling for Reform of the Electronic Communication Privacy Act and why changes were needed because of its relevance to online Genealogy research and the SSDI Death Master File.

Posted by EPIC at December 12, 2012 7:11 PM