Online privacy is getting a higher priority in the Senate with the creation of the new Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will serve as chairman of the new subcommittee. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is the ranking member.
Although online privacy is considered a largely bipartisan issue, most Hill watchers believe the biggest push for new online privacy legislation will come from the Democrat-controlled Senate rather than the Republican House.
"The boom of new technologies over the last several years has made it easier to keep in touch with family, organize a community and start a business. It has also put an unprecedented amount of personal information into the hands of large companies that are unknown and unaccountable to the American public," Franken said.