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Congress Passes Resolution to Create Consistent Consumer Privacy Expectations Across the Internet

03.28.2017
Background: Today, the House approved a resolution passed by the Senate last week under the Congressional Review Act to remove rules that would have created inconsistent privacy protections for consumers.
 
The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:
 
“Today’s action is another step to remove unnecessary rules and regulations that handicap economic growth and innovation, and moves the country one step closer to ensuring that consumers’ private information is protected uniformly across the entire internet ecosystem. Consumers can rest easy today knowing their privacy is protected under existing FCC authority, which requires companies to keep consumers’ data safe. The broad industry commitments to shield consumer data announced earlier this year add another layer of protection. If signed by the President, the CRA would simply maintain the status quo on privacy protections by removing the misguided rules adopted last year. We continue to support the FTC privacy framework and look forward to working on a more uniform air-tight approach to privacy that doesn’t advance a balkanized regulatory structure. We thank Chairman Blackburn for her leadership on this issue and urge President Trump to sign this bill into law as soon as possible.”