Testimony of Fred H. Cate (1999)

Madam Chairwoman and members of the Subcommittee:

My name is Fred Cate. I am a professor of law, Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow, and director of the Information Law and Commerce Institute at the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, and senior counsel for information law at Ice Miller Donadio & Ryan in Indianapolis. I am testifying today on my own behalf, as someone who has researched, taught, and written about information law issues generally, and information privacy issues specifically, for more than a decade.

“Privacy” is capturing legislative attention in Washington and state capitals as never before. Congress has a number of significant privacy bills—including H.R. 102— under consideration. State legislatures are being no less attentive: in 1998, 2,367 privacy bills were introduced or carried over in U.S. state legislatures; 42 states enacted a total of 786 bills. This year has seen extensive action at the state level; New York alone has already enacted 14 new privacy laws.

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