March 16, 2017Published Article

FCC Takes a Backseat in Regulating Online Privacy


Partners Adrienne Ehrhardt and Michelle Dama’s article, “FCC Takes A Backseat In Regulating Online Privacy” was featured in Law360 on March 16, 2017.

“On March 1, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission stayed the data security regulation piece of its 2016 Broadband Privacy Order and issued a joint statement with the Federal Trade Commission emphasizing the importance of maintaining only one set of rules, enforced by one agency — the FTC. With the stay and joint statement, the two agencies not only signaled the demise of the privacy order but the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order as well. The latter gave the FCC the jurisdiction over broadband internet service providers to impose the privacy order. Shortly thereafter, on March 7, 2017, a joint resolution of Congress continued the crawl back on the FCC regulation of internet privacy and security by proposing to repeal the entire privacy order. Despite this, the FCC, however, may expand its regulation of privacy and security in other areas.”

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