Last week, CDT filed two sets of comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding privacy concerns and expectations associated with broadband adoption
and use. The FCC is in the process of drafting a national broadband plan and CDT has called upon the Commission to include in this plan a number of policy initiatives and reforms that could help spur the Internet’s continued growth.
For example, while protecting privacy is a valuable goal in its own right, promoting privacy online will also help foster growing broadband usage and demand by encouraging more citizens to take advantage of the benefits that broadband Internet can deliver. While many of the policies that can help ensure online privacy are outside the Commission’s normal jurisdiction, the National Broadband Plan offers the Commission the opportunity to recommend that Congress and other entities take action on this front.
In one set of comments, CDT joined with a diverse set of privacy advocates to emphasize the importance of promoting a modern and comprehensive set of Fair Information Practice principles (FIPs)
as the foundation for any discussion of legislation, regulation or self-regulation in the online sector.
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