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News Story
6/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Your TV’s set-top box is ratting you out to advertisers. At least that’s the contention of consumer groups that have filed complaints with federal authorities demanding a crackdown on overzealous data collection. The complaints to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission say pay-TV companies fail to disclose...
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
6/9/2016
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 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....