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Al Franken to chair new Senate subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken gets a plum new post: He was named today as the chair of the newly created Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.

It’s part of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Chairman Patrick Leahy announced the subcommittee and named Franken its head.

The subcommittee mandate includes “laws and policies governing the collection, protection, use, and dissemination of commercial information by the private sector, including online behavioral advertising; privacy within social networking websites and other online privacy issues.”

Franken says that consumer rights and privacy have been priorities for him in the Senate; he and other senators urged Facebook to fix its privacy policy to block users’ personal information from being accessed by third parties without the users’ consent.