Wyden, Senators Call on FCC To Apply Privacy Protections to Broadband
Urge FCC to consider transparency, consumer consent, data security in upcoming rulemaking
Washington, D.C. – In light of the recent Open Internet order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced it will initiate a rulemaking to protect the privacy of consumers who use broadband. Today, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and seven other Senators to applaud the FCC’s plan to initiate a rulemaking and urged it to adopt strong consumer privacy protections. The letter was signed by Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
“The FCC should work to animate new forms of technology, including broadband Internet access service, with time-tested American values, including the right to privacy,” write the Senators to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “An ISP has a duty to protect the privacy of consumers who use the company’s wired and wireless infrastructure to connect to the world.”
Specifically, the Senators urge the FCC to:
- Adopt a comprehensive definition of “Customer Proprietary Network Information,” which should include data pertaining to consumers’ Internet usage, online activity, and broadband service payments
- Ensure transparency around data collection by Internet service providers (ISPs)
- Require consumer consent before ISPs use and share consumer information
- Protect consumers’ information by requiring ISPs implement strong data security measures and notify consumers in the event of a breach
- Create a clear complaint process at both the FCC and ISPs for consumers who have evidence or reason to believe their privacy has been violated
A copy of the Senators’ letter to the FCC can be found HERE.
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