House privacy talks with tech companies should be open, advocates say


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Lawmakers meeting with tech companies to talk online privacy should open those meetings to the public, privacy advocates told the working group.

In a letter, six advocacy organizations told the House bipartisan Privacy Working Group’s leaders -- Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) -- that the group’s meetings should be open to the public and the press. The organizations applauded Blackburn and Welch for examining “the enormously important issue of consumer privacy” but said “there is simply no reason for your task force to hold closed-door session.” The working group should follow congressional rules regarding “open meetings and hearings” because the privacy meetings appear to be similar to traditional congressional hearings, the letter said.

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