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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 Release
2/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Answering Consumer Watchdog’s call, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is invoking key sections of the Communications Act that will provide the basis for vital consumer and privacy protections in his plan to reclassify broadband service and regulate the providers like public utilities. “Section 222 of the Act will be the...
News Story
2/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Congress hesitant on how to regulate Internet service, leaving FCC to rely on 80-year-old law WASHINGTON, D.C. - Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, Depression-era law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet. That means that communications legislation...
News Release
1/26/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that vital privacy and consumer protections are in place when it issues new ‘net neutrality rules, probably next month. The FCC is widely expected to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and issue rules regulating it as...
News Release
1/26/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Verizon’s use of “Supercookies” underscores the need for the Federal Communications Commission to maintain privacy and consumer protections as it reclassifies broadband companies such as Verizon as common carriers in order to protect ‘net neutrality, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan,...
News Story
1/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is telling the Federal Communications Commission that new broadband regulations should include privacy obligations. "If consumers believe that their broadband provider substantially threatens their privacy, they are less likely to use the Internet,” the group says in a filing submitted to the FCC today....
News Story
1/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In a new letter to the FCC today, Consumer Watchdog points to the parts of Title II that it wants in place to ensure consumer privacy protections. While some argue that the FCC can reclassify and then forbear from everything but a few sections of the law — specifically Sections 201, 202 and 208 — that strategy “would be a serious...