Privacy and Data Security: Protecting Consumers in the Modern World, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, June 29, 2011   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of John D. Rockefeller IV: "This is the third hearing on consumer privacy that we've had in this committee in the 112th Congress. As I have repeatedly emphasized, Americans are often unaware of the vast amounts of information that are being collected on them and then used usually to their detriment. I've focused on the need for companies to provide everyday consumers with a clear understanding of what information they are collecting, where the information is going, and how it's being used. I've also asked companies to give consumers an easy way for them to stop those collection processes. I don't think this is too much to ask of companies that are making a lot of money and a lot of money that comes off of consumers' personal information. That should not be happening in America. This is a new cost of doing business in America, and people have to understand that. Government doesn't subsidize what companies need to be doing to protect privacy. Poll after poll shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about their loss of privacy, and these same polls show that Americans don't know what to do about it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John D. Rockefeller IV, John F. Kerry, Claire McCaskill, Barbara Boxer, Mark Begich, Cameron F. Kerry, Julie Brill, Austin C. Schlick, Stuart K. Pratt, Ioana Rusu, Tim Schaaff, Thomas M. Lenard, Scott Taylor, Patrick J. Toomey, Roger Wicker, Amy Klobuchar, Lisa Liberi, and Lisa Ostella.

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S. Hrg. 112-152; Senate Hearing 112-152
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