FCC Commish, Sens. Attack Proposed Internet Privacy Rules

Law360, New York (May 11, 2016, 11:46 PM EDT) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler weathered criticism from Republican lawmakers and a fellow commissioner Wednesday over the agency’s decision to draft specific privacy rules for broadband service providers, with the opponents arguing the proposed rules are too stringent and unfairly exclude internet content providers like Google and Facebook.

During a hearing that was attended by just four of the 11 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, participants examined the FCC’s recent decision to float broadband privacy rules that would require internet service providers to clearly disclose how customer data is being used, take...

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