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Congressman predicts Internet privacy law

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, tells Wired that some form of Internet privacy legislation is likely to emerge from his high-tech subcommittee.

Thursday’s hearing will key in on privacy issues surrounding Internet service providers who keep tabs on the data they deliver to and from their customers.

Boucher’s proposed privacy law will likely be a broad codification of generally accepted data-privacy practices, and could require ISPs to inform customers when they collect data and why, let customers choose whether or not to opt in, use the data only for the reason they collected it and destroy it when its no longer needed.

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