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FCC National Broadband Plan to Include Privacy Provisions

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 16, 2010

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the executive summary of its national broadband plan yesterday, and privacy is part of it, MediaPost News reports. In the summary the FCC signals its intent to call for measures that would increase transparency about firms' data collection practices and give consumers the right to control the disclosure of their personal information to third parties, among other measures. "Now that the FCC is issuing privacy recommendations...early indications are that the commission might have incorporated standards that are fast becoming outdated," the report states, citing an emphasis on notice-and-choice, a regime that some consider passé.
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