Rep. Bono-Mack (R-Calif.), is chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, and Rep. Butterfield (D-N.C.) is a ranking member. The two have already been part of one private meeting earlier this month with Google concerning planned changes to the search giant's privacy policies.
The committee and other members of Congress are slated to hold another meeting Monday and the privacy groups want a chance for consumer advocates and others to voice their opinion in a public forum.
In addition to the public hearing, the group leaders also asked for Rep. Bono-Mack and other members of Congress to tell Google "to suspend the March 1 changes in its terms of service until (1) a public hearing occurs and (2) a determination is made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as to whether Google's changes comply with the 2011 consent order."
Earlier in the day, a federal court rejected EPIC's lawsuit against the FTC. The suit sought to compel the agency to enforce its consent order that is part of a 2011 privacy case settlement with Google. The court ruled it had no jurisdiction to force such a move.
Reaction across the Internet has been mixed with what seems equal parts of defending Google's actions to blasting the search giant.