Tag Archives: Federal Communications Commission

FCC Releases Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Recently, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a draft of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. If adopted, the Order would repeal the rules put in place by the FCC in 2015 that prohibit high-speed internet service providers from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites and from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services. … Continue Reading

FCC Stays Implementation of Data Security Rules

On March 1, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission, under the new leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 2-1 to issue a temporary stay of the data security obligations of the FCC’s Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, which were to go into effect March 2, 2017. The temporary stay will remain in place until the FCC is able to act on pending petitions for reconsideration. … Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement with Cable Operator over Customer Data Breach

On November 5, 2015, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) entered into a Consent Decree with cable operator Cox Communications to settle allegations that the company failed to properly protect customer information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in August 2014 by a hacker. The FCC alleged that Cox failed … Continue Reading

FCC to Tackle Issue of Broadband Privacy

On November 2, 2015, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, indicated in an interview that the agency would take on the issue of broadband privacy within the next several months, most likely in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking. … Continue Reading

FCC Cites Lyft Inc. and First National Bank Corp. for TCPA Violations

On September 11, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that Lyft Inc. (“Lyft”) and First National Bank Corporation (“FNB”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by forcing their users to consent to receive automated text messages as a condition of using their services. The FCC warned that these violations could result in fines … Continue Reading

FCC Joins Asia Pacific Privacy Forum

On April 15, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has joined the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, the principal forum for privacy authorities in the Asia-Pacific Region.… Continue Reading

FCC Announces Intended $10 Million Fine in First Data Security Case

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it intends to impose a $10 million fine on TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel American, Inc. for violating privacy laws relating to their customers' personal information. This announcement marks the first data security case and largest privacy action brought by the FCC to date.… Continue Reading

FCC Joins the Global Privacy Enforcement Network

On October 28, 2014, the FCC announced that it has joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a network of approximately 50 privacy enforcement authorities from around the world. The FCC is the second U.S. privacy enforcement authority to join GPEN.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with AT&T in Mobile Cramming Case

On October 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced an 80 million USD settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC stemming from allegations that the company charged its customers without their consent for services provided by third-parties, a practice known as mobile cramming.… Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement Over Alleged Do-Not Call Registry Violations

On May 19, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that Sprint Corporation agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle an FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation stemming from allegations that the company failed to honor consumers’ requests to opt out of telemarketing calls and texts. Sprint also agreed to implement a two-year plan to help ensure future … Continue Reading

Revised FCC Telephone and Text Marketing Rules Become Effective October 16, 2013

On October 16, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission's new Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules come into effect. Among other revisions, business will now need to obtain "express written consent" prior to advertising or telemarketing through autodialed calls or texts or prerecorded calls to consumers' mobile numbers. Violations of the new rules may result in substantial fines and statutory damages.… Continue Reading
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