[Newsfactor] The House Energy and Commerce Internet subcommittee is looking into Internet privacy issues and deep packet inspection by Internet service providers. Chairman Rick Boucher called for greater privacy protection. An industry advocate actually called inspections pro-consumer. Boucher called the potential of ISP snooping "frightening."
At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Internet subcommittee Thursday, Congress began the tricky business of trying to understand Internet privacy issues and launched another round of debates about legislation regulating the collection and handling of personal data online.
"One clear way Congress can promote a greater use of the Internet for access to information, e-commerce and entertainment," said subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Va) "is to assure Internet users a high degree of privacy protection. It's my intention for the subcommittee this year to develop legislation extending to Internet users that assurance that their online experience is more secure."
Congress Considers Limits on Deep-Packet Inspections
House Energy and Commerce Internet subcommittee