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Myth v. Fact: FCC Privacy Rules

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Washington, April 11, 2017 | comments

Congress recently voted to stop overreaching rules from taking effect that would have created unclear and inconsistent privacy regulations for the Internet. This vote in no way changes the way consumer privacy is protected. Two years ago the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chose to strip the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of its ability to protect consumers by reclassifying the Internet as a utility style common carrier. The FTC has successfully protected consumers for decades and I intend to work to restore the FTC’s ability to continue to protect consumer privacy.

Additional resources:

No, Republicans didn’t just strip away your Internet privacy rights
The Washington Post by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen 4/4/17

Energy & Commerce Committee  letter to FCC Chairman Pai
Signed by Congressman Mullin 4/7/17

Why Congress’s Rejection Of Proposed FCC Data Rules Will Not Affect Your Privacy In The Slightest
Forbes by Larry Downes 3/30/17

Joint Statement of Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Protecting Americans’ Online Privacy
FTC Press Releases 03/1/17

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