Statement on FCC Chairman Pai’s Stay of Privacy Rules

A stay of the FCC’s privacy rules that would take effect on March 2nd is a smart first step toward rolling back asymmetrical regulation that is at odds with consumers’ privacy expectations, deters innovation and causes marketplace distortion. Applying different privacy rules to the same online data by saddling only ISPs with new regulations doesn’t make sense.

For the previous two decades, the internet flourished under the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) evenhanded, flexible privacy approach that applied to all companies across the internet and ensured strong consumer privacy protections. Chairman Pai’s plan to abandon the FCC’s fragmented privacy framework and restore a uniform set of privacy protections will give consumers the true sense of security they deserve, while spurring innovation, investment and new services.

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