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The Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection reports on the multitude of bills introduced on Capitol Hill that aim to protect online privacy. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is expected to introduce comprehensive legislation about online data collection; Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has introduced two bills addressing online tracking and financial institutions' information sharing with third-parties; The Best Practices Act would require opt-in consent for third-party information disclosures, and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) recently introduced legislation preventing potential employers from obtaining credit reports for employment purposes. "Given the amount of attention privacy is receiving in the media...all it will take is a major privacy incident to spur the lawmakers to action," the report states.
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