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CDT Testifies on Data Security and P2P Disclosure Bills

CDT’s David Sohn testified today before a congressional subcommittee on two pending privacy-related bills. Appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Sohn stated CDT’s support for the principal elements of the Data Accountability and Trust Act (H.R. 2221), owing to provisions in the bill that would allow consumers the right to review their data broker files. On the Informed P2P User Act (H.R. 1319), Sohn said that CDT supports the principle that file sharing functions should be disclosed clearly to users, but also warned that legislating in this area poses difficulties. The testimony emphasized that dealing effectively with data privacy and security issues will require general baseline privacy legislation.