Mobile Future

Statement: FCC Internet Privacy Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an NPRM on a new privacy framework for broadband providers. 

The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, Chair of Mobile Future.

“It is disappointing the FCC is pursuing a new privacy framework that will impose onerous requirements on broadband providers and will mistakenly leave consumers with the impression that they are receiving meaningful new protections. This is regulatory “pile-on,” and only will create unnecessary confusion for consumers and innovators. Establishing privacy rules by singling out broadband service providers only while the rest of the Internet ecosystem, largely fueled by consumer data, operates under a different set of rules will not be effective at protecting consumers and will eliminate the consistency and simplicity that have defined our Internet success story thus far. If the government is to pursue this new role in policing Internet privacy, it should adopt uniform privacy standards for all that are harmonized with the successful FTC privacy framework. ”