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Broadband Services May Face New Regulation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 1, 2010

Broadband service providers may soon be subject to new and strengthened privacy and data security regulations likely to touch on a variety of topics "including the use of customer data for marketing, cloud computing and cybersecurity," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel reports. The article, which provides an overview of developing privacy regulation and focuses on Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) activity, notes that although "a recent court decision has cast considerable doubt over the extent to which the FCC can regulate broadband Internet access providers, the FCC has made clear that it believes it has ample authority to regulate," referencing FCC concerns that fears over privacy and data security impede consumers' adoption and use of broadband.
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