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News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Under the Open Internet order issued last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), broadband service providers can't block or throttle content or create priority "fast lanes" for higher-paying customers. However, now a coalition of consumer advocacy groups is also calling on the agency to adopt strong privacy protections...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 50 digital rights and consumer groups are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to start drafting Internet privacy rules “as quickly as possible.” The groups sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler arguing that increased monitoring by companies that provide Internet service can “have a chilling effect on...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly 60 privacy and activist groups and others have signed on to a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler petitioning the FCC to "quickly" open a rulemaking on broadband privacy oversight that ensures it is a "brawny cop" on the privacy enforcement beat.   When it reclassified Internet access under Title II common-carrier...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users. The groups want providers of broadband internet services including mobile and landline phone, cable and satellite TV firms to be subject to tough privacy regulations...
News Story
11/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition that would force websites to honor Do Not Track requests by consumers. The petition was filed by the Consumer Watchdog, an organization designed to advocate for consumer interests. In the FCC’s order, it stated, “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency said it has no authority over Google, Facebook, and other websites and apps The Federal Communications Commission has advised privacy seekers to look elsewhere in their quest for someone to enforce "Do Not Track" rules against Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other web giants. Consumer Watchdog, a California advocacy group, had...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
US regulator rejects calls for it to force web giants to respect Do Not Track requests from consumers. Google, Facebook, and other internet companies can continue to disregard Do Not Track requests from consumers, without intervention from the US Federal Communications Commission. The US regulator has dismissed a petition from rights group...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
On Friday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed a petition – related to the ‘Do Not Track’ feature - filed by California-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The group had requested the agency to order bigwig Internet firms to honor ‘Do Not Track’ signals from the customers’...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The government says it won’t regulate sites like Google and Facebook. Will ad and tracking blockers do the job instead? The Federal Communications Commission is steering clear of requests to make Do Not Track support mandatory on sites such as Google and Facebook. Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog had petitioned the FCC to step in with a...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
"Do Not Track" is in big trouble after a new U.S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling against it. On Nov. 6, the FCC issued a ruling stating that major Web services, including Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix and LinkedIn, do not have to honor Do Not Track requests. The first time I heard about Do Not Track (DNT)...