Lowell-McAdam-200No change? CTIA, the front group for the wireless carriers, wants us to believe no action on privacy is needed. Like the silver tongues they are, they speak indirectly. They suggest continuing the existing rules, which, "Successfully protected consumers throughout the Internet services market."  They want us to believe the big telcos, "Remain committed to robust privacy protection for their customers, which is why they proactively implemented strong data privacy and security programs." 

I believe most of you have already made up their mind on whether privacy protections are adequate.

I won't rehash the arguments beyond quoting CTIA verbatim below. Although they attributed the statement to CTIA's Debbie Matties, everyone in policy understands anything from CTIA must be acceptable to Lowell McAdam of Verizon (pictured) and Jim Cicconi of AT&T. CTIA is a cutout to give them plausible deniability. 

Speak for yourself, Lowell.

 

“CTIA members remain committed to robust privacy protection for their customers, which is why they proactively implemented strong data privacy and security programs. If the FCC does have jurisdiction over broadband privacy, any FCC rules must be consistent with the successful FTC approach. As Chairman Wheeler stated, the FTC’s long-standing privacy framework has successfully protected consumers throughout the Internet services market including, until recently, the broadband industry. By adopting the FTC framework, the FCC would allow the continuation of a dynamic marketplace that supports the emergence of innovative new business models and consumers would have meaningful privacy protection.”

 

 

 

 

successfully protected consumers throughout the Internet services market 

remain committed to robust privacy protection for their customers, which is why they proactively implemented strong data privacy and security programs. I

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