Ex-FTC Head Rallies With GOP Against FCC Privacy Plan

By Jimmy Hoover (June 14, 2016, 9:04 PM EDT) -- An ex-Federal Trade Commission chief representing an internet trade group called the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to restrict broadband providers' consumer data use unnecessary Tuesday, agreeing with House Republicans that such providers can access only a fraction of the personal data other internet firms collect.

Former FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz told the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology that the FCC's plan to require internet service providers to obtain consumer opt-in before using their customers' data for certain marketing purposes "goes well beyond" the rules for edge providers like Google Inc. or Facebook Inc., thus unfairly impeding their entry into the...

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