Is the US government interested in protecting the privacy of its citizens?

I have been watching the media attention to the HP pretexting issue. I have been wondering if this would encourage the US government to enact privacy legislation, at least to the level that PIPEDA offers Canadians. This issue would not only deal with unscrupulous individuals like the past chair of HP's board, but also the behaviour of the major labels in the USA. It will force these labels to require some minimum level of proof of infringing activity before launching lawsuits against random citizens, allowing US citizens to enjoy the protection that Canadians have.

In a perspective on CNet, Declan McCullagh is skeptical.

The problem, though, is that the proposals in front of Congress aren't likely to stop some of the most aggressive users of "pretexting": the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies.