Press Release Broadband Privacy

Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Protecting Consumer Privacy Online

October 27, 2016 , , , ,

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to pass broadband privacy rules that protect consumer data online. Public Knowledge commends the FCC for taking drastic steps to provide broadband customers with the tools they need to make informed decisions about the use and sharing of their information by broadband providers.

The following can be attributed to Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge:

“This marks a significant step forward in protecting consumer privacy. For the first time, Internet Service Providers will be required to get consumer consent prior to using the sensitive information they collect. While much remains to be done to protect consumers online writ large, the Commission’s rules establish a baseline level of protection for all.

“Thanks to the rules passed by the Commission today, consumers now have more control over how their information is used online than ever before. Yet, consumer protection rules are only as strong as their ability to be enforced, so it is imperative that the Commission follow these strong rules with strict enforcement.”

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