Frank Torres, Director, Consumer Affairs writes on the Microsoft on the Issues blog:

After years of vigorous debate, it looks like we are close to seeing the introduction of  comprehensive federal legislation establishing privacy protections for Internet users.
The framework set out by Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher in an
editorial today in The Hill shows leadership in an area that is vitally important to consumers.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and General Counsel Brad Smith voiced Microsoft’s support for a federal privacy bill more than three years ago.  For our part, Microsoft stands by that commitment.  We hope this Congress will join Rep. Boucher and support his legislation.