Franken to Chair New Judiciary Subcommittee

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) announced in a press release today the creation of a new Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has been chosen to lead the committee. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) will be Ranking Member.

“The explosion of new technologies and activities online, including social media, has unleashed new questions about how to protect Americans’ privacy in the digital age,” said Leahy. “As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I have made privacy a top priority, and that will continue in the 112th Congress. The important work of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law will complement the work that the full Committee will continue this year. I welcome Senator Franken as the chair of this subcommittee, and look forward to continued progress in protecting Americans’ personal privacy.”

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