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House hearing for online 'Do-Not-Track' registry set for December

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The Washington Post is reporting that a House subcommittee expects to coordinate a hearing on Internet privacy in early December. The House subcommittee for commerce, trade, and consumer protection has not yet posted a schedule or witness list for the hearing, but the Post says it is "tentatively" scheduled for December 2, according to Hill staffers.

The hearing would explore the option of a online "Do-Not-Track" registry that would allow consumers to opt out of online tracking of their browsing behaviors. Many marketers have pledged to fight that proposal, which the head of the Federal Trade Commission floated earlier this year.

No doubt, we'll expect to see representatives from top Web companies, such as Google and Yahoo, as witnesses at the hearing, and perhaps some of the companies who have reluctantly appeared in The Wall Street Journal's "What They Know" online privacy series.

The subcommittee will also consider various points of the privacy legislation introduced last summer by Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) who has served as chairman of subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection and is now angling to become the ranking member of the subcommittee on communications, technology and the Internet.

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