SIIA Says FCC Broadband Privacy Rule Casts Too Wide of Net

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SIIA Says FCC Broadband Privacy Rule Casts Too Wide of Net


Washington, DC (October 27, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today expressed concern about the broadband privacy rule adopted today by a divided Federal Communications Commission. 

Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Vice President of Public Policy, said that SIIA recognizes the need for the FCC to address the regulatory gap for broadband providers created by the 2015 Open Internet Order, but that the rule passed today goes too far:

“We are concerned that this new privacy regulation strays from the current FTC framework which focuses on information that is actually sensitive. The Commission is casting too wide of a net by classifying web browsing information, app history and other such data as ‘sensitive.’ This broad opt-in requirement is likely to create substantial confusion for consumers.”


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