December, 2010

 

FCC Press Release on Net Neutrality

FCC ACTS TO PRESERVE INTERNET FREEDOM AND OPENNESS Action Helps Ensure Robust Internet for Consumers, Innovation, Investment, Economic Prosperity Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today acted to preserve the Internet as an open network enabling consumer choice, freedom of expression, user control, competition and the freedom to innovate. Chairman Genachowski voted for the Order; Commissioner Copps concurred and Commissioner Clyburn approved in part and concurred in part. Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissented. In 2009, the FCC launched a public process to determine whether and what actions might beRead More


Do Not Track: Consumer Watchdog Interview & Press Release

Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog interviewed by ABC7 in Washington DC (TBD.com) about the Bill on Internet Privacy and “Do Not Track” initiative to stop behavioral targeting in advertising online. Commerce Department Privacy Report Leaves Consumers In The Cold, Recommendations Favor Current Industry Practices, Consumer Watchdog Says Name: John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber Email: john@consumerwatchdog.org Phone Number: John, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902; or Carmen, 310-403-0284 WASHINGTON, DC — The Commerce Department’s “Green Paper” about online privacy is an industry friendly document that would perpetuate current failed practices that giveRead More


FTC Staff Issues Privacy Report Offers Framework for Consumers, Businesses, and Policymakers

Endorses “Do Not Track” to Facilitate Consumer Choice About Online Tracking The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy policy and enforcement agency for 40 years, issued a preliminary staff report today that proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services. The proposed report also suggests implementation of a “Do Not Track” mechanism – likely a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers – so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regardingRead More