WASHINGTON - Federal Trade Commission Chairman Robert Pitofsky predicted Tuesday that the newly elected Congress will take up privacy legislation soon after convening in January.

"I will be astonished if privacy is not a major issue within 90 days of Congress returning," Mr. Pitofsky said at a luncheon sponsored by Women in Housing and Finance. "It will be as much a priority as election reform or hanging chads. From what I hear, the debate isn't on whether there should be more legislation but what is the best kind of legislation to have."

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