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NetCompetition Statement on FCC Broadband Privacy Rules
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2016-10-27 13:52
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 27, 2016, Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407
The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules Confuse Consumers with Partial, Inconsistent and Misleading Privacy Protection Because Their Personal Data Remains Unprotected from Every Entity but ISPs, and the FCC’s Privacy Rules Are Effectively at War with the FTC’s Consumer Protection Mission
WASHINGTON D.C. – The following may be attributed to Scott Cleland, Chairman of NetCompetition:
“In asserting partial regulatory authority over communications by reclassifying just ISPs as common carriers, the FCC willfully blocked the FTC from continuing to protect ISP consumers like they protect all consumers in every other industry.
Ironically and sadly, the FCC’s privacy rules disserve consumers because they are effectively are at war with the FTC’s consumer protection mission, which is:
In stark contrast, the FCC’s broadband privacy rules are:
The FCC and FTC could better serve American consumers by working with Congress and the Administration to pass comprehensive, consumer-centric, and technology-neutral privacy legislation for the 21st Century.
American consumers deserve much better than this.”
NETCompetition.org is a pro-competition e-forum representing broadband interests. See www.netcompetition.org. Scott Cleland served as Deputy U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the George H. W. Bush Administration.