Items tagged "CPNI"

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An Ounce of Preventive Regulation is Worth a Pound of Antitrust Enforcement: The Case for Platform CPNI

July 7, 2020 CPNI , Data Protection , FCC , Legislation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Platform Regulation Series , white paper

Last year, Public Knowledge and Roosevelt Institute published my book, The Case for the Digital Platform Act, I argued there that we could define digital platforms as a distinct sector of the economy, and that the structure of these businesses and the nature of the sector combined to encourage behaviors that create challenges for existing […]

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New Public Knowledge Paper Urges Congress to Adopt Law Protecting Vendor Data from Digital Platforms

July 7, 2020 Antitrust , Competition Policy , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Mind Your Own Business: Protecting Proprietary Third-Party Information From Digital Platforms,” by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Block Platform Misuse of Retailer Data

April 24, 2020 Amazon , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to Congress urging that it bar digital platforms such as Amazon from misusing retailer data. In the letter, Public Knowledge highlights a policy solution that directly addresses the recent allegations against Amazon for misusing retailer data. A recent Wall Street Journal article alleged that Amazon product teams used proprietary information from independent vendors to develop competing products. In response, Public Knowledge urges Congress to impose strict limits on how dominant digital platforms can use information collected for the purpose of completing transactions.

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Public Knowledge Demands FTC, FCC Get Off Privacy Sidelines and Enforce Existing Law

January 16, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , CPNI , FCC , FTC

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Voipo, a California voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) provider, exposed millions of consumer call logs and text messages stored on an “improperly secured” ElasticSearch database for several months before security researcher Justin Paine located them.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosting Press Call on Protecting Consumer Privacy Online

June 6, 2016 Broadband , CPNI , FCC , Privacy

Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, June 8 at noon ET featuring public interest privacy experts who support the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to broaden privacy protections online. Broadband providers enjoy a comprehensive view of consumer data, and may be tempted to use it in anticompetitive ways or violate a customer’s privacy. This proposal marks a significant step forward in the FCC’s commitment to follow its congressional mandate by extending the same protections offered to telephone service subscribers to broadband customers.

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Public Knowledge Files in FCC NPRM to Protect Consumer Privacy Online

May 31, 2016 Broadband , CPNI , FCC , Privacy

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.

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Chairman Wheeler Unveils Plan to Protect Consumer Privacy

March 10, 2016 Consumer Privacy , CPNI , FCC , Net Neutrality , Privacy

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he is circulating a proposal to protect consumers’ data from unauthorized uses by Internet Service Providers. The proposal will be be considered by the Commission during its March 31st meeting. Chairman Wheeler also released a fact sheet outlining the basics of his proposal, and the need for strong consumer protection.

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Remember the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules? The Motherboard Exposé Takes Us Down Memory Lane

January 11, 2019 Broadband Privacy , CPNI , Data Protection , FCC , Privacy

On Tuesday, Motherboard published an article exposing the jaw-dropping ease of data collection and commercialization practices that can allow a stranger to find a cell phone’s location with just a phone number and $300. Motherboard’s investigation found that telecommunications companies, including T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, would sell location data with an aggregator, which sold the data to MicroBilt, which then sold it to a Motherboard investigator for “dirt cheap.”

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The FCC Should Continue Its Strong Role in Protecting Broadband Privacy

July 10, 2017 Broadband Privacy , CPNI , FCC , Lifeline , Privacy

When people use the internet, they provide a vast amount of personal, often sensitive information. Ill-protected personal information can result in anything from predatory advertising to fraud. Consumers need strong rules and aggressive agencies to protect their online privacy. The Federal Communications Commission is the agency in charge of implementing and enforcing communications law and regulations. The FCC is ideally situated to protect consumers’ information on communications networks, considering its success in protecting subscribers’ privacy in other areas such as telephone and cable networks.

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Distorting the Snallygaster Market

April 28, 2016 CPNI , FCC , Privacy

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the FCC’s recent privacy rulemaking, you’ve probably heard its opponents claim that any regulation (no matter how minor, apparently) will create “distortions in the market” that would put broadband internet service providers (or BIASes) at a disadvantage. What market is that, you ask? Yeah, we’re not sure either.

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