FTC Commish, Telecoms Cast Doubt On FCC Privacy Work

Law360, Washington (August 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission's foray into broadband privacy is facing assault from all sides, with a member of the Federal Trade Commission wondering if the FCC has what it takes to regulate online privacy while industry is concerned about uncertainty and the possibility of dual enforcement.

FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen told Law360 she's worried about her agency's ability to enforce its long-standing online consumer privacy protections after the FCC's Open Internet Order reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Common carriers are largely exempt from FTC authority, although the agency has recently pursued actions...

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