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1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly 60 privacy and activist groups and others have signed on to a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler petitioning the FCC to "quickly" open a rulemaking on broadband privacy oversight that ensures it is a "brawny cop" on the privacy enforcement beat.   When it reclassified Internet access under Title II common-carrier...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users. The groups want providers of broadband internet services including mobile and landline phone, cable and satellite TV firms to be subject to tough privacy regulations...
News Story
11/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition that would force websites to honor Do Not Track requests by consumers. The petition was filed by the Consumer Watchdog, an organization designed to advocate for consumer interests. In the FCC’s order, it stated, “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it...
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11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency said it has no authority over Google, Facebook, and other websites and apps The Federal Communications Commission has advised privacy seekers to look elsewhere in their quest for someone to enforce "Do Not Track" rules against Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other web giants. Consumer Watchdog, a California advocacy group, had...
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11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
US regulator rejects calls for it to force web giants to respect Do Not Track requests from consumers. Google, Facebook, and other internet companies can continue to disregard Do Not Track requests from consumers, without intervention from the US Federal Communications Commission. The US regulator has dismissed a petition from rights group...
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11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
On Friday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed a petition – related to the ‘Do Not Track’ feature - filed by California-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The group had requested the agency to order bigwig Internet firms to honor ‘Do Not Track’ signals from the customers’...
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11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The government says it won’t regulate sites like Google and Facebook. Will ad and tracking blockers do the job instead? The Federal Communications Commission is steering clear of requests to make Do Not Track support mandatory on sites such as Google and Facebook. Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog had petitioned the FCC to step in with a...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
"Do Not Track" is in big trouble after a new U.S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling against it. On Nov. 6, the FCC issued a ruling stating that major Web services, including Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix and LinkedIn, do not have to honor Do Not Track requests. The first time I heard about Do Not Track (DNT)...
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11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
FCC rules that companies can ignore 'do not track' requests. What does this mean for you? Third-party web tracking is still legal, a new ruling has found. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed a petition by Consumer Watchdog that would forbid Internet companies from tracking consumers. According to the FCC, the...
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11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communication Commission's decision not to require Websites to honor "do not track" browser settings has not deterred Consumer Watchdog's plans to get some sort of federal protection against Web user tracking. The FCC announced its decision on Nov 6, saying that even though its reclassification of the Internet allowed...