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FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Rule Should Follow FTC Principles, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – May 27, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Julie Kearney, vice president, regulatory affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services:  


  "The FCC notice proposes sweeping new privacy requirements that would apply only to broadband internet access service providers, chilling investment and innovation, and resulting in an uneven approach across the internet ecosystem. The proposed framework - which departs from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) successful, principles-based approach to online privacy regulation - will fail to benefit consumers in the manner the commission intends.

  "Rather than impose privacy and data security rules on the one narrow segment of the internet ecosystem over which the commission has authority, CTA urges that the FCC should instead adopt a principles-based approach more consistent with the FTC's longstanding and successful framework. This path will foster regulatory certainty and consistency in consumer expectations across the Internet ecosystem, better aligned with the commission's goals of ensuring internet service providers' customer privacy and increasing broadband adoption."

  Read CTA's full comments to the commission.


  Last year, CTA released its Guiding Principles on the Privacy and Security of Personal Wellness Data - a first-of-its-kind set of voluntary guidelines for private sector organizations that handle personal wellness data.


About the Consumer Technology Assocation

            Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.