Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that apply the privacy requirements of the Communications Act to broadband Internet access service providers. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Foundation Director of Policy Amina Fazlullah:
“The Benton Foundation welcomes the FCC’s move to guarantee broadband subscribers the privacy protections that traditional telephone subscribers have relied upon. As technology moves forward, consumers must retain key protections that ensure a fair and safe experience.
“All Americans know privacy is important in their daily lives. The FCC’s broadband privacy protections will provide vulnerable communities with increased confidence as they go online, ensuring every American has access to the full promise of the Internet.
“Benton looks forward to working with the FCC as they implement the rules adopted today. We thank Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel for their leadership on this issue.”