Privacy news was buzzing last week with both the Department of Commerce, as it pushed new “privacy codes of conduct,” and congress, as Edward Markey (D – MA) and Joe Barton (R – TX) pressed Groupon on its data collection policies ahead of its IPO. Also, The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting opinion piece by Gordon Crovitz seeking to revisit the definition of “The Right to Privacy,” originally conceived of by Louis Brandeis in 1890. Across the Atlantic, the European Commission announced that it had sent formal requests for further information to 20 Member States regarding their failure to implement the EU's new package of telecoms rules. These rules included their new cookie directive. Commerce Department Will Push Privacy Codes of Conduct – PCWorld – U.S. privacy codes of conduct drafted by businesses, consumers and privacy advocates working together will work better than government regulation or legislation, a top official with the U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday. Groupon Should Make Privacy Promises, Reps. Markey, Barton Say – Bloomberg- Two U.S. lawmakers pressed Groupon Inc., the top online-coupon provider, for more information on how the company will protect consumer privacy as it collects and shares more personal information from customers. The Right to Privacy from Brandeis to Flickr – WSJ – There's no excuse for phone hacking, but most people don't expect to remain anonymous. Commission Launches Enforcement Proceedings Against 20 Member States on "Cookie" Rules – InsidePrivacy – On July 19, 2011, the European Commission announced that it sent formal requests for further information to 20 Member States regarding their failure to implement the EU's new package of telecoms rules. The rules, which include amendments to the E-Privacy Directive to create new consent requirements for the use of most web cookies, were required to be enacted by the Member States by May 25, 2011.