ANA Files Comments on Boucher/Stearns Draft Privacy Bill

ANA has filed comments with Congressman Rick Boucher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Congressman Cliff Stearns, the Ranking Member of that subcommittee, on the draft privacy bill they released last month.

ANA's comments are available here and the Boucher/Stearns draft bill is available here.

We have serious concerns with several provisions of the draft, which would regulate information collection and use in the entire economy, both online and offline.  We believe it is premature for Congress to consider such sweeping privacy legislation.  As described in our comments, ANA and other industry groups are working on a comprehensive self-regulatory program for online behavioral advertising that will be fully rolled out soon.

Chairman Boucher has indicated that he plans to formally introduce privacy legislation soon.

If you have any questions or comments about these issues, please contact Dan Jaffe ( or Keith Scarborough ( in ANA's Washington, DC office at (202) 296-1883.