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News Story
10/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers would have more control over how their data is shared Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a proposal for new privacy rules governing broadband internet service providers (ISP), the companies that connect you to the internet. Wheeler says the rules give consumers the tools they need to control how ISPs...
News Release
10/6/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed broadband privacy regulations, saying that if enacted the rules would offer consumers significant control over how broadband internet access providers can use much of their customers’ personal data. “Internet Service Providers (ISPs)...
News Story
10/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has refined his proposal for broadband privacy rules, but is still recommending rules that could restrict providers' ability to send targeted ads to subscribers. Wheeler's new proposal, unveiled Thursday, calls for Internet service providers to obtain users' affirmative consent...
News Story
10/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Research Triangle Park, N.C. — A new FCC privacy proposal up for a vote this month will require broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast to get your permission before sharing with advertisers the websites or apps you've been using. The Federal Communication Commission has changed its broadband-privacy plan since it was initially...
News Story
10/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Cable and wireless companies would need customer permission before sharing sensitive personal data, including the contents of emails, Web browsing history, financial information and a mobile device’s geographic location, under a proposal released Thursday by the head of the Federal Communications...
News Story
10/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
At last week’s presidential debate, Donald Trump famously expressed concern about “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” hacking into computers. In a speech Monday in Virginia, he sought to clarify his views on cybersecurity, saying it would be an “immediate and top priority,” and that a Trump...
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 Story
1/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The head of the Interactive Advertising Bureau came out swinging against ad blockers this week. Instead of even attempting to fairly distribute blame for the chaotic state of the ad industry, the executive pointed his finger everywhere else but at IAB members. PALM DESERT, Calif. — A "flamboyance," or a large group, of pink...
Blog Post
9/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
I don’t often agree with Google, but today I must admit that the Internet giant said exactly the right thing and came out strongly in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic is treated equally on the Internet.  The Federal Communications Commission is in the process of considering rules that could allow...
News Release
11/6/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself. “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to challenge you to hold your...