Published: March 2017

Children’s advocates oppose attempts to revoke internet privacy rules

Consumer Action and a coalition of children's advocates have filed a comment opposing petitions that ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke its broadband privacy rules. The coalition urged the FCC to retain rules that treat children's data, web browsing histories, and app usage data as sensitive and to retain opt-in requirements for all categories of sensitive information. Advocates previously urged the FCC to establish comprehensive safeguards for consumer privacy, to ban pay-for-privacy schemes, and to prohibit mandatory arbitration.

Consumer Action joined children’s advocates in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject industry requests to rescind the FCC’s broadband privacy rules, as this would leave parents effectively without any tools to protect their children’s privacy on broadband Internet Service Provider networks. The groups warned that any attempts to modify the privacy rule would significantly weaken the privacy protections for children.

Other Organizations

The Center for Digital Democracy | Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood | The Institute for Public Representation | Common Sense Kids Action | Consumer Action | Electronic Privacy Information Center

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For more information, visit EPIC.

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Children’s advocates oppose attempts to revoke internet privacy rules   (FCCchildrensadvocates.pdf)





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