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Public Knowledge Responds to Hyp3r Scraping Instagram User Data Without Consent

August 8, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , digital platforms , Hyp3r , Instagram

Today, reports surfaced that a Facebook third-party marketing partner, Hyp3r, collected public Instagram user data that was intended to disappear after 24 hours over the course of a year. This data includes records of Instagram users’ geolocation, personal bios, followers, metadata, and photos.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Sen. Klobuchar for Bill Enhancing FTC, DOJ Antitrust Fines

August 2, 2019 Competition Policy , DOJ , FTC

Recently, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the “Monopolization Deterrence Act of 2019.” The bill would enable the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to seek civil monetary penalties against individuals and corporations that engage in anticompetitive behavior such as favoring their own services over a competitor’s service.

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Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Vote to Preempt Local Regulation of Broadband

August 1, 2019 cable franchising , Copyright , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Third Report and Order to enforce cable franchising laws by preempting state and local authorities. Public Knowledge finds the FCC’s move to prevent states from regulating broadband — a service the agency refuses to regulate itself — both baffling as policy and defective as a matter of law.

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Public Knowledge Finds FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Insufficient to End Digital Divide

Broadband , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , USF

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a $20.4 billion rural broadband investment fund, “The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” (RDOF) to help close the digital divide. According to the FCC, the fund will “provide funding through a reverse auction to broadband service providers that deploy infrastructure that provides up to gigabit-speed broadband” in rural America.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging FCC to Drop USF Cap Proposal

July 31, 2019 Broadband , Digital Divide , FCC , USF

This week, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consider implementing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF).

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