The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on privacy and data security for June 29, but has not revealed the witness list at this time. Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) has held several hearings this year on privacy issues, cybersecurity, and do-not-track legislation. He has also pressed the Federal Trade Commission and App store owners such as Google and Apple to do more about protecting the privacy of children when it comes to mobile apps.
For all the good things that the Senator supports, such as net neutrality, Rockefeller has supported some questionable legislation that gives the federal government power of the web in the name of curtailing illegal activities such as copyright infringement and counterfeiting. It will be interesting to see what comes out of these latest hearings. No doubt hacking and security will be a prominent topic at this hearing, given the raft of successful hacking operations against government agencies on the web and the 800 lbs. gorilla in the room: the Sony PlayStation Network security breach.