OVERSIGHT HEARING ON
PRIVACY IN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
MARCH 26, 1998
Today, the Subcommittee will conduct an oversight hearing on privacy in electronic communications. This hearing was suggested by the Ranking Member of this Subcommittee, Mr. Frank, and I am pleased to begin exploring this very important issue. In the technologically advanced world in which we live, privacy in electronic communications is of vital importance to individuals and businesses. The ability to intercept, descramble and eavesdrop on private electronic communication over the Internet and cellular and digital communications places the privacy of individuals and businesses in jeopardy. That it turn, deteriorates the incentive for individuals and businesses to engage in electronic commerce, and as a result stifles the growth of American business. It also places the fundamental right of individuals to keep personal information private at risk.
I look forward to an informative and educational hearing.