Technology evangelist O'Reilly worried about consumer privacy 'witch hunt'

There are several distinct efforts to craft consumer privacy legislation currently underway in Congress that would likely apply to online transactions. Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee unveiled legislation earlier this month that would introduce security requirements and require notification of consumers in the event of a breach.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) is reportedly also working on comprehensive privacy legislation. In addition, Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats allege EPA plans to withhold funding from 'anarchist' cities | Montana asks court to throw out major public lands decisions after ousting BLM director | It's unknown if fee reductions given to oil producers prevented shutdowns Democrats allege EPA plans to withhold funding from 'anarchist' cities Energy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress MORE (D-Del.) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah) have championed an identity-theft bill for years and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) introduced his own privacy bill last month that would require companies to obtain customers' consent before sharing their data.

O'Reilly said he has spoken recently with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about how to frame some reasonable uses of private data so the public can understand situations where sharing the information makes sense. Zuckerberg has said in the past that when given the choice, most Facebook users opt to share more information about themselves, not less.