This Week: Facebook Privacy, USF Reform, LightSquared and the TSA
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Manufacturing subpanel will continue its series of hearings on consumer privacy on Thursday morning. Chairman Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) recently met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders and has yet to tip her hand as to whether she thinks new laws are necessary to protect consumers’ privacy online.
The Senate has already indicated a preference for establishing certain protections via legislation, but Web firms are expected to line up against any regulations deemed burdensome. Bono Mack has already held hearings on the topic this summer, and introduced legislation designed to protect consumers in the event a firm holding their personal data experiences a data breach.