• Both the House and the Senate are on recess for the elections. They are presently expected to return November 15, 2010.
  • Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., Ranking Member of the House Communications Subcommittee, stated prior to the recess that there will be no action taken in the waning days of the 111th Congress on draft privacy legislation that he been drafted this year with Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., the Chairman of the Subcommittee, or on HR 5777, the Building Effective Strategies To Promote Responsibility Accountability Choice Transparency Innovation Consumer Expectations and Safeguards Act (or “BEST PRACTICES Act”) introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., on July 19, 2010. Speaking at the Online Trust & Cybersecurity Forum, Rep. Stearns stated he is considering holding a combined hearing next year on both pieces of legislation. Rep. Stearns criticized HR 5777 earlier this year for what he said was an overly expansive definition of “covered information,” the establishment of a private right of action for aggrieved individuals, and insufficient safe harbor provisions.