March 07, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Vice President for Government Affairs Vince Jesaitis urging Congress to enact a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of problematic Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules adopted late last year:

“The internet has grown, evolved, and driven innovations that provide countless benefits and new services to consumers who are protected by a robust privacy framework administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),” Jesaitis said. “Last year we saw a detour away from the FTC’s proven and effective privacy framework when the FCC proposed a new set of rules out of step with longstanding law and practice, without justification or citing any instances of known harm to consumers. We support this CRA and we applaud Senator Flake and his colleagues supporting this act because we believe it is an opportunity for the FCC to revisit the approach taken and adopt rules that track alongside the FTC’s proven, effective approach to online privacy.”

Last July ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield testified before the Senate Commerce Committee about the tech industry’s concern over the FCC proposal being unnecessary, overly broad and prescriptive, and with a potential to impact edge service providers and the greater tech ecosystem. Before the FCC rule was adopted, ITI sent a letter to the commission reaffirming the tech industry’s commitment to privacy protections established by the FTC and urged the commission to address the concerns in their final rule.

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Public Policy Tags: Data & Privacy