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News Release
5/11/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Watchdog today joined a coalition of a dozen consumer groups in supporting the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to implement privacy regulations covering broadband Internet access providers. The coalition backed the FCC in a letter to the Senate Judiciary’s Privacy Subcommittee, which was...
News Story
4/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Arguing that broadband Internet services are increasingly necessary for everyday life, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said those services should be clearly labeled so customers know exactly what they're paying for. Service providers can make their prices and offerings more transparent by using a system similar to the nutrition...
News Release
3/31/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission to start making rules that would protect the privacy of broadband customers. “Internet Service Providers have unique access to their users’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director...
News Story
3/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer and civil liberty groups are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to not hold back when developing its new Internet privacy rules. The groups pushed back Monday at Internet service providers (ISPs), who recently sent a letter to the FCC that said the commission should not stray too far from the privacy framework created...
News Story
2/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A fight over privacy at the Federal Communications Commission, sparked by last year's net neutrality rules, is heating up. The FCC is expected to craft regulations in the coming months on how broadband providers handle sensitive customer data – and advocates on both sides of the issue are gearing up to make their case. Consumer...
News Story
1/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of 59 organizations on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on him to get cracking on privacy protection rules for consumers. The groups include consumer advocates such as Consumer Watchdog and the Chicago Consumer Coalition as well as the Center for Democracy and Technology and...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission acted decisively last year to protect the internet’s open, freewheeling nature, in a landmark victory for public interest groups. Now, consumer advocates want the agency to use its newly-strengthened power to safeguard internet users' privacy as well. More than 50 public interest groups sent the FCC...
News Release
1/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined a coalition of 59 groups calling on the Federal Communications Commission today to begin a rulemaking to protect consumers’ privacy and become a “brawnier cop on the beat focusing on broadband providers.” “The FCC’s reclassification of broadband providers as common...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Under the Open Internet order issued last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), broadband service providers can't block or throttle content or create priority "fast lanes" for higher-paying customers. However, now a coalition of consumer advocacy groups is also calling on the agency to adopt strong privacy protections...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 50 digital rights and consumer groups are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to start drafting Internet privacy rules “as quickly as possible.” The groups sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler arguing that increased monitoring by companies that provide Internet service can “have a chilling effect on...