EPIC, Coalition Reject Calls to Further Weaken FCC's Modest Privacy Proposal

EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy advocates have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in response to industry demands to further weaken the FCC's proposed broadband privacy rules. The groups rejects efforts  by Internet Service Providers to exempt anonymized consumer data from the privacy rules and to require opt-in consent only for sensitive information. The consumer groups also oppose mandatory arbitration and “pay-for-privacy” plans that would require consumers to pay fees for basic privacy safeguards. EPIC has called the FCC's proposed privacy rules a "modest first step" and repeatedly argued that the Commission can and should go further  to "address the full range of communications privacy issues facing US consumers."

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