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Chapter 13. PRIVACY AND THE LAW: 2001 > Privacy and Security Legislation in Con...

Privacy and Security Legislation in Congress

Legislation concerning digital privacy and security matters that are not matters of national security are usually assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee or the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The current Chairman of the Judiciary Committee (as of June 2001) is Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. The ranking member is Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Mr. Hatch and Mr. Leahy switched roles when Senator Jeffords of Vermont chose to leave the Republican Party and become an independent. The Chairman of the Committee generally termed the Senate Commerce Committee is Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina. The ranking member is Senator John McCain of Arizona. Again, Mr. Hollings and Mr. McCain switched roles when Mr. Jeffords changed his party affiliation.

If you want to find the bills currently introduced in the 107th Congress dealing with the Internet and privacy, point your browser to http://thomas.loc.gov, which is the Web site for the Thomas system in the Library of Congress (see Figure 13.9).


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