Privacy Groups Want FCC To Ban Mandatory Arbitration

Law360, Washington (January 12, 2017, 4:57 PM EST) -- A coalition of privacy groups on Wednesday joined the call for the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit all consumer services under its purview from including mandatory arbitration provisions in their customer contracts, provisions that the advocates called “biased, secretive and lawless.”

Wednesday's comments — announced by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC — reply specifically to the ambitious agenda FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn laid out in October in her #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan. Key among those proposals for the groups was Clyburn's call to end “the widespread and harmful use of fine-print ripoff clauses” keeping consumer qualms out of the...

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