The FCC’s Privacy Proposal: Help or Hindrance?

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The Federal Communications Commission’s privacy proposal is advertised as a way to “ensure consumers have the tools they need to make informed choices” concerning data that can potentially be collected by ISPs. However, the proposal raises a number of questions. On the most basic level, does the proposal address an identifiable market failure and specific harms? What are the costs and benefits of the proposal, and would the proposal ultimately be in the interests of consumers? How would the FCC’s enforcement differ from the Federal Trade Commission’s approach? What would be the rationale for a different approach?

Speakers at the event discussed the FCC’s proposal to regulate the use of data collected by internet service providers, including: comparisons with the Federal Trade Commission approach; the need for economic and cost-benefit analysis; whether the proposal matches consumer expectations regarding privacy and data collection; and the effectiveness of translating rules intended for Consumer Propriety Network Information collected by telephone networks to broadband providers.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30, with the program starting at 9:00. Questions should be directed to Ashley Benjamin at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

Jim Halpert, Partner and Co-Chair, Global Data Protection, Privacy and Security Practice, DLA Piper
Lisa Hone, Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Jon Nuechterlein, Partner and Co-Leader, Communications Regulatory Practice, Sidley Austin LLP and former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
Joshua Wright, Professor of Law and Director of the Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University and former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Thomas Lenard (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

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