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News Story
6/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In addition to the $21 billion made annually by cable set top box rental fees, cable companies make untold billions from monetizing the user viewing data these boxes help collect. That captive revenue alone is the driving force behind the pay TV sectors histrionic opposition to the FCC's plan to open the sector up to third-party hardware...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This morning, an appellate court issued a long-awaited decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband access as a utility service. The regulations -- passed 3-2 last year -- include so-called "bright-line" prohibitions that prevent Internet service providers from blocking...
News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers, Consumer Watchdog said, adding that the FCC must now rapidly enact important privacy...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Groups continue to weigh in in wake of decision Both sides of the debate over the FCC's network neutrality rules continued to weigh in Tuesday several hours after the Title II-based Open Internet order was upheld in its entirety by a D.C. federal court. The court said it was not weighing in on whether the FCC should have done...
News Story
6/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Say opt-in, not just notification, needed for sharing customer data; AT&T calls complaint 'bogus' Public Knowledge, the Center for Digital Democracy and Consumer Watchdog have petitioned the FCC to enforce cable set-top privacy rules against Comcast, AT&T and Cablevision in particular, and the industry more generally, and argue...
News Story
6/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A group of consumer watchdogs has filed a complaint with the FCC, alleging that Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), AT&T (NYSE: T) and Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) are violating customer privacy through addressable advertising schemes on pay-TV set-tops.  For its part, AT&T responded by calling the complaint, "bogus." The complaint was...
News Story
6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Representatives of Consumer Watchdog have talked with top counselors to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to warn that the FCC's set-top proposal does not contain sufficient teeth to protect consumer privacy from mass data collection and monetizing by Google and others. According to an ex parte filing on the phone call, they told the FCC that it...
News Story
6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As the Federal Communications Commission considers restricting what broadband providers can do with our personal surfing data, the agency is weighing whether it should outright ban a practice that’s come to be known as “pay for privacy.” Certain broadband service providers, most notably AT&T, have begun charging a premium to...
News Story
6/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
I think most of us can agree that the internet poses some unique and wide-scale risks to our privacy. Our every move online can be -- and often is -- tracked. In the past, it might have been hard for companies or the government to know your interests, political leanings, religious affiliation or health problems. But they can glean all that and...
News Release
5/24/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to open the set-top box market to competition offers savings to consumers, but should not be enacted unless a Pandora’s box of privacy issues are resolved with robust privacy protection regulations, Consumer Watchdog said in comments just filed with the agency....