Privacy legislation may be sidetracked

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Several congressmen March 15 raised the possibility that Congress could end the year without taking any action on privacy legislation other than to create a commission to study it. U.S. Reps. Asa Hutchinson (R., Ariz.) and Jim Moran (D., Va.), in suggesting the creation of a ``Privacy Protection Commission,'' said that despite the current strong public interest in privacy, there appears to be a lack of any congressional consensus on what to do. Rather than rushing to take action, they urged a comprehensive study of online and offline privacy, with the commission due to report back in 18 months. The two congressmen were joined by Reps. Kay Granger (R., Texas) and Kevin Brady (R., Texas). Other congressmen and senators have been pushing for immediate action on privacy and the Federal Trade Commission is expected to issue a report later this month calling for some privacy legislation.

Copyright March 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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