Washington, DC, February 24, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding news that Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai will stay the agency’s broadband privacy rules to the extent they are inconsistent with the economy-wide privacy rules enforced by the Federal Trade Commission:
“This is a critical first step in protecting consumer privacy online while promoting internet competition. The existing FCC rules are an unjust deception that must be stopped now, before the damage to consumer privacy and competition is already done.
Staying only the rules that are inconsistent with the FTC’s privacy framework doesn’t mean that there will be no enforcement mechanism in place. It only means that broadband ISPs will be subject to the same rules that apply to every other company in the United States. That’s the type of fairness that justice in this country has always required. There simply is no pro-consumer justification for the previous FCC’s decision to take a discriminatory and anticompetitive approach to this issue while dismissing the judgment of the FTC.”
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