A draft Congressional bill released Tuesday, May 3 aims enhance consumer privacy protections both online and offline and establish a national framework for the collection, use and security of consumer information, superseding state law requirements regarding the collection, use and disclosure of the information it covers.  The draft legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Rick Boucher (D, Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R, Fla.), recognizes the importance of online advertising in supporting free online content and services and attempts to extend privacy protections without disruption of this business model.  The bill’s sponsors have requested comments on the draft by June 4th, and stakeholder meetings may also be scheduled to discuss the draft and receive comments.

Click here to learn more about the draft legislation, and stay tuned for updates as the comment period proceeds.