Sens. Kerry and McCain press agencies for final privacy reports

In their letter the senators note the draft reports both concluded that industry self-regulation had failed to provide adequate privacy protections for consumers, suggesting the need for legislation.

"And both reports presented what the expert staff at your agencies considered would constitute a better framework for addressing privacy issues in commerce. We leaned heavily on those frameworks to construct S.799, the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights," the letter states.

The letter points to multiple privacy hearings in Congress and changes in the marketplace as rallying points for those calling for privacy legislation. They emphasize that both agencies' expertise would be welcome as Congress and stakeholders decide how to protect innovation without sacrificing consumer privacy.