Major Technology Companies Indicate Support of Rush Privacy Legislation: On October 4, technology companies Intel, eBay and Microsoft sent a letter to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, indicating their support for his privacy legislation: "We support the bill's overall framework, which is built upon the Fair Information Practices regime. We appreciate that the BEST PRACTICES Act is technology neutral and gives flexibility to the Federal Trade Commission to adapt to changes in technology." The companies commented, however, that the House should remove the provision providing consumers the opportunity to sue for violating provisions of the bill, stating that such a provision would cause "unnecessary litigation costs and uncertainty for businesses" and would not combat consumer privacy issues. The legislation, as drafted, would permit websites and other companies covered by the bill to collect consumer information, but would require notice to the consumer and an option to opt-out. Additionally, the bill would require consumers to opt-in to disclosure of information to third-parties, unless the company participated in a “universal opt-out program.” The Subcommittee is expected to hold a hearing on the bill in November and discuss the addition of a provision requiring companies to create a “do-not-track list,” permitting consumers to opt-out of web activity tracking.