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Public Knowledge Joins Groups in Letter Urging Congress to Protect Consumer Privacy

January 27, 2017 , ,

Today, Public Knowledge joins a coalition of more than 15 consumer advocacy, civil rights and privacy groups in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). The groups urge Congress to oppose the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to adopt a Resolution of Disapproval overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 broadband privacy order.

You may attribute the following to Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge:

“It comes as no surprise that industry lobbyists have begun to attack the strong privacy rules passed by the FCC late last year. As industry very well knows, using the CRA as a blunt instrument on the privacy rules would preclude the FCC from creating any ‘substantially similar’ regulations in the future — leaving broadband customers vulnerable online. The move is also in direct conflict with Congress’ clear mandate that broadband providers protect their customers’ privacy.

“Consumer advocates are ready to fight to protect consumer’s privacy online and will not let any attacks go unanswered. We will continue to remind Congress that Americans care about their privacy and won’t stand for attempts to strip them of their rights.”

You may view the letter here.