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The FCC’s Privacy Proposal: Help or Hindrance?

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8:30 am – 10:30 am
April 11, 2016
Lisagor Room
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC

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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? Panelists at “The FCC’s Privacy Proposal: Help or Hindrance?” hosted by the Technology Policy Institute, will discuss the FCC’s proposal and its possible implications for both ISPs and the larger internet economy.
Panelists will be announced soon. 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 acreel@techpolicyinstitute.org. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at asmorodin@techpolicyinstitute.org.