Press Release

Public Knowledge Files in FCC NPRM to Protect Consumer Privacy Online

May 31, 2016 , , ,

Recently, Public Knowledge submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on protecting the privacy of broadband customers. The NPRM seeks to examine privacy rules governing the use of personal consumer data by broadband internet access service providers.

The following can be attributed to Meredith Rose, Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:

“Broadband providers are gatekeepers of the internet. With that position comes access to and control over all of a customer's data. As ISPs try to become advertisers, they have every incentive to abuse their gatekeeper position and harvest, repackage, and sell their users’ data, without the knowledge or consent of their customers. The FCC’s proceeding marks a huge step toward ending this abusive practice and implementing Congress’ mandate to give consumers a robust, meaningful choice as to how their data is used online.”

You may view our comments here. You may also view our latest article, “American privacy in the digital era should not be for sale,” for more information.