Common Sense Kids Action Calls for FCC to Make Broadband Privacy Protection a Priority

Letter Urges FCC to Ensure Privacy

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

San Francisco, CA – Today Common Sense Kids Action and other leading privacy and consumer organizations around the country called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make broadband privacy protection a priority, which would increase the online privacy protections for most Americans.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the groups urge that the FCC "move forward as quickly as possible to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing strong rules to protect consumers from having their personal data collected and shared by their broadband provider, without affirmative subscriber consent, or for purposes other than providing broadband Internet access service."

James P. Steyer, CEO of Common Sense stated today, "Broadband providers collect vast amounts of sensitive information about their customers, as well as those customers' families and kids. 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 enormous.

"Customers are often in the dark about providers' practices and deserve to have a say in how their and their kids' information is collected, used, and shared. With broadband no longer a luxury but a necessity, we must ensure privacy is protected."

To view a copy of the letter sent to Chairman Wheeler, visit /sites/default/files/uploads/kids_action/broadband_privacy_letter_to_fcc_-_for_print_1.pdf.