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"This hearing will provide leading technology companies and internet service providers an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, how they plan to address new requirements from the European Union and California, and what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation," Sen. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota who chairs the committee, said in a statement.
Among the tech executives summoned:
Len Cali, senior vice president for global public policy at AT&T
Andrew DeVore, vice president and associate general counsel at
Damian Kieran, global data protection officer and associate legal director at
Guy (Bud) Tribble, vice president for software technology at
Rachel Welch, senior vice president for policy and external affairs at Charter Communications
Twitter confirmed that Kieran will be attending the hearing, while Charter confirmed that Welch will attend. AT&T said it looked forward to participating.
"We have long supported federal legislation to protect consumer privacy through a clear and consistent set of safeguards that apply equally to all platforms," said AT&T spokesman Jim Greer in an emailed statement.
Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple and Amazon declined to comment.