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The FCC Should Make Broadband Privacy Protection a Priority

Broadband providers have the ability to access to extremely sensitive information. It is the responsibility of the FCC to protect the privacy rights of Americans.

Common Sense Kids Action is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect the privacy of Americans who use broadband Internet -- which is most Americans

Broadband (otherwise known as high-speed Internet) providers collect vast amounts of sensitive information about their customers, as well as those customers' families and kids. Providers essentially have access to customers' entire online experience. When the online experience encompasses most of daily life -- as it does for many of us -- the amount of information available to providers is staggering, and the potential for privacy harms are enormous. Also, broadband providers have admitted that they combine and share this collected customer information, exacerbating privacy and security concerns.

Customers are often in the dark about providers' practices. They do not know what broadband providers are doing, let alone how to protect themselves or their families. Customers deserve to have a say in how their and their kids' information is collected, used, and shared, and they deserve to have their information be kept securely. 

Broadband access is no longer a luxury but a necessity. The same is true of privacy. As we move to get more Americans connected online, we must also ensure that their privacy is protected. Kids Action joined with other leading consumer and privacy advocates to write to the FCC, and we will stay involved with this important issue and keep you informed about what you can do to make using the Internet as safe and efficient an experience as possible.

Ariel Fox Johnson
Ariel Fox Johnson is Senior Counsel for Global Policy at Common Sense Media, where she advocates for smart practices, policies, and rules to help all kids thrive in today’s wired world. Her work focuses on enhancing family privacy rights, strengthening students' educational privacy, and promoting robust consumer protections in the online world. She frequently advises policymakers, industry, and tech experts, and has helped develop laws on student privacy, consumer privacy, and the Internet of Things. Ariel is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. Prior to joining Common Sense, Ariel worked on privacy, media, intellectual property, and technology matters at corporate law firms, and provided pro bono assistance to nonprofits and asylum seekers.