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Business lobbies engage in rent-seeking. Masses not moved. Film at 11.

Various data protection bills to be consolidated?

[P]ressure to act isn’t coming from the public clamoring for protection of their private information, it is coming from the business community that fears 50 different state laws. In many ways this improves the chances for a new federal law, because while the onslaught of data breach stories has slowed, the pressure inside the Beltway for preemption of state laws from business groups isn’t likely to stop.

USACM Technology Policy Web Log
In my earlier post on this, I said these bills were interesting in ways that transcend information security. What I had in mind was the textbook illustration they provide of interest group politics.
The ACM’s Tech Policy blog has had great coverage of all of this for a while. Highly recommended.