FTC's Ohlhausen Blasts FCC's Restrictive Privacy Plans

By Jenna Ebersole (March 24, 2016, 4:50 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen rebuked on Wednesday the Federal Communications Commission's proposed plan for privacy rules for broadband service providers, saying they are restrictive and more in line with lobbyists' preferences than consumers'.

Ohlhausen, a Republican who has been critical of the FCC's plan to take on privacy issues in a section of the Internet ecosystem, said at a Free State Foundation event that the FCC should take the FTC's case-by-case, consumer-driven approach to privacy. There has been tension between regulators on privacy since the Open Internet Order last year reclassified broadband providers as common carriers, which are largely exempt...

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