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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 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
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
2/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, I introduced a pair of bills to safeguard consumers' privacy: the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4517), a bill to increase consumer privacy on mobile devices; and the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency (Data) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4516), which would prohibit data brokers from using...
News Story
2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In March 2014, Google fell under fire for scanning emails in Apps for Education, a collection of online tools and services that include Google Drive and Google Mail. Now, nearly two years later, four UC Berkeley students and alumni filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. on Wednesday, alleging that UC Berkeley emails were the target of such data...
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...