FCC Won't Give Broadband Cos. A Free Pass On Privacy Risks

By Allison Grande (May 29, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission recently warned broadband providers they won't be exempt from regulatory action while the agency drafts specific privacy rules for the industry, a warning that attorneys say should spur these companies to assess their privacy risks despite a lack of clarity from the regulator about their specific obligations.

In a May 20 enforcement advisory, the commission put broadband providers on notice that even though the agency refused in its recent Open Internet Order to extend existing "telephone-centric" privacy rules implementing Section 222 of the Communications Act to broadband providers, these entities are still responsible for compliance with the...

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