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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

December 2011 Privacy Coalition Meeting


Guest speakers included Gail Hillebrand, Associate Director of Consumer Education and Engagement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau met with the Coalition. She was joined by Brett Kitt, Senior Counsel and Claire Stapleton, Chief Privacy Officer with the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. the agency is providing financial education to consumers and opportunities to register mortgage and credit card company complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency also allow consumers to tell their stories regarding experiences with financial products. Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer for the U.S. Department of Education, updated the Coalition on topics discussed in May including new FERPA regulations, increasing privacy assistance to the education community, and student data release policy. Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, with CATO, briefed the Coalition on the House Judiciary Committee Mark-up of the Managers Amendment to the Stop Online Piracy Act. Gilad Rosner, PhD Candidate, School of Computer Science University of Nottingham, will be discussing the Public Policy of Unlinkability just at the beginning of his work on a comparative study of the US and Germany.

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Privacy Legislation

FISA Reform Bill Introduced in the House

Representatives Conyers, Nadler, and Scott introduced two bills today that would amend the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Patriot Amendments Act of 2009 will enhance reporting and judicial oversight of law enforcement powers, including the National Security Letter process. The FISA Amendments Act of 2009 will place new limits on the government's ability to collect and store Americans' communications without a warrant and repeals retroactive immunity.

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DC Privacy Events

Monthly Privacy Coalition Meeting Hosts Julie Brill New FTC Commissioner

Julie Brill one of the two new members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) meet with the Privacy Coalition. She wanted to hear from members about their concerns regarding the work of the FTC and their expectations for the agency moving forward. The meeting also featured discussions regarding Congressman Markey's new bill the e-KNOW Act to allow electricity customers to have access to Smart Meter data.

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Campaigns

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

November 2013 Monthly Meeting

Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the consumer privacy related work of the FTC including the FTC's recent workshop on the Internet of Things and her remarks at the workshop. Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program discussed her recent report, What the Government Does with American's Data. Pam Dixon, Executive Director of World Privacy Forum, provided an update on the comments her organization submitted to National Institutes of Health regarding the agency's draft genomic data sharing policy. David Jacobs, EPIC Consumer Protection Counsel, updated the group on Facebook's change to its Data Use Policy.

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Hearings Archives

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.

House DHS Subcommittee Hearing on Fusion Centers

The House Committee on Department of Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing September 27, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building on the topic of “The Way Forward With Fusion Centers: Challenges and Strategies for Change.”

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on QWest A Charges Against DOJ

House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on September 18, 2007 on Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans’ Privacy Rights (Part II)

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Presidential Authority

The House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing September 5, 2007 on Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans’ Privacy Rights.

House Judiciary Committee Letter to DOJ on NSA Spying Program

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), along with Subcommittee Chairmen Jerrold Nadler and Robert "Bobby" C. Scott, sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, following weekend reports that disputes over the NSA's terrorist surveillance program involved "massive electronic databases." The full text of the letter is attached below.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Deceptive Campaign Practices

On June 7, 2007 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on "Prevention of Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation in Federal Elections: S. 453. "

Financial Services Committee Hearing Credit Card Protection

On June 7, 2007 the Finanical Services Committee will hold a hearing:"Improving Credit Card Protection: Recent Industry and Regulatory Initiatives".

Homeland Security Subcommittee Field Hearing

On May 25, 2007 the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, held a field hearing in Bellevue City, WA. The hearing titled “Building a Partnership Strategy: Improving Information Sharing with State & Local Law Enforcement and the Private Sector” looked information sharing among private sector, local, state, and federal entities. These efforts have been ongoing and are under the heading of "Fusion Centers."

House Homeland Security Committee to Hold TB Incident

On June 6, 2007 the full House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the XDR Tuberculosis Incident. The incident involved a US citizen diagnosed with a extremely drug resistant form of Tuberculoses who was able to travel aboard a commercial flight when a Transportation Security Administration employee did not adhere to a travel warning logged in the system.

House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Domestic Surveillance

On June 7, 2007, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will hear testimony during an "Oversight Hearing on the Constitutional Limitations on Domestic Surveillance".

House Judiciary Committee Holds Two Hearings on Immigration Reform

On June 6, 2007 the full House Judiciary Committee held two hearings on Immigration Reform. The first hearing looked at the business perspective, and the second the views of government on immigration statistics.

Oversight and Gov. Reform Subcommittee Hearing on Gun Purchases

On Thursday, May 10, the Domestic Policy Subcommittee held a hearing to evaluated incompleteness in the federal database used for checking the criminal and mental health records of gun purchasers, as well as the inconsistencies in state compliance with federal gun purchase laws. The hearing addressed inconsistencies among the states in their supplemental gun prohibition laws.

House Ways and Means Hearing on Employment Verification System

On June 7, 2007, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security will hold a hearing on the Employment Verification System. The system is being proposed as a requirement for employers to screen potential employees during the hiring process. The Subcommittee will hear from privacy, legal, labor, and technology experts. If enacted it would create for the first time a federal government role in making routine employment determinations work performed within the United States. The Subcommittee is soliciting comments on the hearing topic.

Senate Judicary Hearing "Restoring Habeas Corpus"

On May 22, 2007, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing "Restoring Habeas Corpus: Protecting American Values and the Great Writ." The hearing will take place in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building beginning at 10:00 AM.

Hearing by Senate Committee on Terrorist and the Internet

On May 3, 2007 the Senate Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing titled, "The Internet: A Portal to Violent Islamist Extremism." Hearing documents and the web cast are available online.

Senate Commerce Committee Review Executive Branch Nominations

On Thursday, May 24, 2007, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a joint nomination hearing for Michael Baroody to be Chairman and Member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and Charles Darwin Snelling to be a Member of the Board of Directors at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Full Committee. The hearing will be held in 253 Russell Senate Building at 10:00 AM.

House Committee Looks at DHS and Information Sharing

On May 10, 2007 the House Committee on Homeland Security held hearings on the topic of “Fixing the Homeland Security Information Network: Finding the Way Forward For Better Information Sharing.” The Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment met at 10:00 AM in 311 Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Open Markup: Spy Act and Social Security Number Protection Act

On Thursday, May 10, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a full committee open markup session to consider both H.R. 964, the "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act" (the Spy Act), and H.R. 948, the Social Security Number Protection Act of 2007. The markup will take place at 2:30pm in room 2123 Rayburn.

Credit Card Practices: Current Consumer and Regulatory Issues

On Thursday, April 26, 2007 the House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing on Credit Card Practices: Current Consumer and Regulatory Issues. The hearing will take place in
room 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. The witness List & Prepared Testimony: Ms. Cindy Zeldin, Federal Affairs Coordinator, Economic Opportunity Programs, Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action; Mr. Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Mr. Edward L. Yingling, President and CEO, American Bankers Association; Mr. Todd J. Zywicki, Professor of Law, George Mason University Law School; Mr. Oliver I. Ireland, Morrison and Foerster LLP; Ms. Linda Sherry, Director, National Priorities, Consumer Action

Available Member Statements: Congresswoman Maloney, Congressman Castle

Senate Judiciary Committee DOJ Oversight Hearing

Thursday April 19, 2007 -- The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a Department of Justice oversight hearing hearing at 9:30 AM in room 216 Hart. The hearing's only witness is the Honorable Alberto Gonzales, US Attorney General and will take place at 10:00 AM. Live Web Cast

Senate Armed Services Committee Enemy Combatants

On Thursday, April 26, 2007 the Committee on Armed Services will hold a hearing tto receive testimony on legal issues regarding individuals detained by the Department of Defense as unlawful enemy combatants. The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM in room 216 Hart.

Senate Committee on Homeland Security Postal Accountility Act Hearing

On Thursday, April 19, 2007 the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine the current state of the Postal Service along with the efforts underway to implement the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Public Law 109-435).The hearing will take place in room 342 Dirksen. When President Bush signed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, he included a 'signing statement' that may give the government the power to open citizens' mail without a warrant. Under the law, the government must get warrants to open first-class letters, but in the signing statement, Bush said he would construe the provision, "in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances," which Bush defined as protecting against hazardous materials and "the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection." President Bush has issued at least 750 signing statements, more than all other presidents combined, according to the American Bar Association.

Senate Judiciary Mark-up of ID Spoofing and ID Theft Legislation

On Thursday, April 19, 2007 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold mark up on a number of bills. The pivacy bills are S.495, a bill to prevent and mitigate identity theft, to ensure privacy, to provide notice of security breaches, and to enhance criminal penalties, law enforcement assistance, and other protections against security breaches, fraudulent access, and misuse of personally identifiable information. The committee also cover S.119, a bill to prohibit profiteering and fraud relating to military action, relief, and reconstruction efforts, and H.R.740, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent caller ID spoofing. The mark ups will take place in room 226 Dirksen.

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence FISA Hearing

On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a public hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The hearing will take place on room 50 Dirksen at 2:30 PM.

POSTPONED - Senate Judiciary Justice Department Oversight Hearing

POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY April 19, 2007 -- The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a Department of Justice oversight hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in room 216 Hart. The hearing's only witness is the Honorable Alberto Gonzales, US Attorney General and will take place at 10:00 AM.

Too Much, Too Long? Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions's Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety's hearing Too Much, Too Long? Domestic Violence in the Workplace for Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. in room Dirksen 628.

Oversight Hearing on the Federal Trade Commission

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Full Committee's Oversight Hearing on the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 11:00 AM in room Senate Russell - 253 is avaiable by webcast. All of the Commissioners appeared before the Committee.

Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet hearing on Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission, Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing webcastOversight of the Federal Communications Commission is availabe under the House Rules XI, 4.

Combating Spyware: H.R. 964, The Spy Act

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection hearing on Combating Spyware: H.R. 964, The hearing on the Spy Act is available by webcast under the conditions specified by House Committee Rule XI, 4. Hearing date is Thursday, March 15, 2007, 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, 11:00 a.m. For

Combating Pretexting: H.R. 936, Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on H.R. 936, Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Information Act. March 9, 2007 in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:00 a.m. The hearing is also available by webcast, but this recording is subject to Rule XI, 4 of the House of Representatives. See text of Rule XI, 4 as posted by the House Committee on Rules.)

House Committee Planning Hearing on Hewlett-Packard Spying Scandal

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 28, 2006, 10:00 AM in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will focus on the surveillance of Hewlett-Packard board members by executives and how "Pretexting" was used to gain access to personal call records. For more information visit the House Committee's Web Site