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News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers, Consumer Watchdog said, adding that the FCC must now rapidly enact important privacy...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Groups continue to weigh in in wake of decision Both sides of the debate over the FCC's network neutrality rules continued to weigh in Tuesday several hours after the Title II-based Open Internet order was upheld in its entirety by a D.C. federal court. The court said it was not weighing in on whether the FCC should have done...
News Story
6/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A group of consumer watchdogs has filed a complaint with the FCC, alleging that Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), AT&T (NYSE: T) and Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) are violating customer privacy through addressable advertising schemes on pay-TV set-tops.  For its part, AT&T responded by calling the complaint, "bogus." The complaint was...
News Story
6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Representatives of Consumer Watchdog have talked with top counselors to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to warn that the FCC's set-top proposal does not contain sufficient teeth to protect consumer privacy from mass data collection and monetizing by Google and others. According to an ex parte filing on the phone call, they told the FCC that it...
News Story
6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As the Federal Communications Commission considers restricting what broadband providers can do with our personal surfing data, the agency is weighing whether it should outright ban a practice that’s come to be known as “pay for privacy.” Certain broadband service providers, most notably AT&T, have begun charging a premium to...
News Story
6/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
I think most of us can agree that the internet poses some unique and wide-scale risks to our privacy. Our every move online can be -- and often is -- tracked. In the past, it might have been hard for companies or the government to know your interests, political leanings, religious affiliation or health problems. But they can glean all that and...
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 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 Story
1/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of 59 organizations on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on him to get cracking on privacy protection rules for consumers. The groups include consumer advocates such as Consumer Watchdog and the Chicago Consumer Coalition as well as the Center for Democracy and Technology and...