Groups Try to Jump-Start Privacy Legislation

Letter sent on two-year anniversary of administration's privacy bill of rights recommendation

Two years ago, President Obama announced a commitment to establish a consumer privacy bill of rights. Two years later, a coalition of more than two dozen privacy and consumer organization hope to light a fire under the Administration to work with Congress to get a bill done.

While the privacy debate is never-ending on Capitol Hill, privacy legislation in Congress hasn't budged at all. And with 2014 being an election year, getting a bill through may be a tough order. 

In a letter sent Monday to President Obama, the coalition argues that the need for legislation has never been more urgent.

"Americans today worry about retailers who lose their credit card information, intelligence agencies that gather their phone records and data brokers that sell their family's medical information to strangers," the coalition said.

Self-regulation, the coalition said, has "failed."

"Only enforceable privacy protections create meaningful safeguards," the group said.

Among the groups that signed the letter were Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, Public Knowledge, Free Press and the Center for Digital Democracy.