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News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
  Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Trying to stream this video on your mobile device and frustrated by the stalling and stuttering? The FCC may be coming to your emotional rescue.  The agency has launched “Measuring Mobile America,” which is designed to test mobile broadband speeds and hold wireless...
News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it plans to start evaluating mobile broadband speeds in order to let customers know whether they're getting value for money. In a similar project to its broadband speed measurement program, it plans to work with wireless carriers to give consumers detailed information about their mobile...
News Release
9/5/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -– The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of providing adequate protection, Consumer Watchdog said today. Cell phone carriers must be required to disclose data speeds in their advertisements if consumers are to...
News Story
9/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency says major carriers and CTIA have already agreed to cooperate with the initiative The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to measure mobile data speeds in a joint project with major carriers and other participants. On Sept. 21, the FCC will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., where it will seek participation...
News Story
9/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to measure mobile broadband service performance in an attempt to provide consumers with information regarding wireless data speeds. A meeting is scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 to discuss the new program. Wireless industry trade association CTIA and wireless carriers have already made...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The application of constitutional protections in the digital world is far from clear, in many cases, but law enforcement agencies aren't waiting for permission to access data -- they're bombarding providers with requests for information. "It is an outrageous intrusion on users' privacy and potentially troublesome in terms of our...
News Release
2/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday outlined a set of online privacy principles that officials said would help consumers control the use of their personal data gleaned from Internet searches. The framework for a new privacy code moves electronic commerce closer to a one-click, one-touch process by which users can tell...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Getting a divided Congress to pass any hard-edged privacy legislation is the next big hurdle President Obama faces in getting his Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights made the law of the land. “We urge the Administration to ensure that it carries out this process in a fair and transparent manner, and that consumer voices are heard and acted...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Cali's chief legal bod strong-arms mobile software stores Mobile software that meddles with your sensitive info must have privacy polices and must display them clearly, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris declared yesterday in a statement [1] agreed by all major app sellers. Under the new rule, anyone downloading a...