The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing April 6
on protecting privacy in the digital age.
There has been some back-and-forth between the Senate
Commerce Committee, whose chairman, Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has made online
privacy a priority, over jurisdiction over the that issue. Last month,
Rockefeller and ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) wrote
Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) saying the newly created
Privacy, Technology & Law Subcommittee appears to exceed judiciary's
scope and overlap with legislative matters "squarely within the
jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
In this case, the hearing is in the full committee.
Witnesses are said to be Cameron Kerry,
Commerce Department General Counsel and chair of its Privacy Council, could be
one of them. James Baker, associate deputy attorney general, Justice Department.