WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted on new privacy rules for broadband providers. The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chair of Mobile Future.
“Protecting consumer privacy and promoting innovation is a priority for everyone. The FTC’s regulatory approach has struck the right balance, allowing for the flexibility needed in a fast-paced marketplace to bring innovative products and services to consumers while protecting their privacy. The rules the FCC adopted today are more closely aligned to the FTC’s approach than originally proposed, but complete harmonization with the FTC’s proven approach would have been preferable. The Commission’s overly broad classification of web browsing and app usage as sensitive could create unnecessary consumer confusion and could set a bad precedent for the Internet. We are also concerned about the FCC’s decision to open a new comprehensive proceeding on mandatory arbitration. We urge the Commission to proceed with caution.”