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Watchdogs To FCC: Don’t Water Down Privacy Proposal

The Federal Communications Commission should forge ahead with privacy rules that would restrict broadband carriers from engaging in online behavioral advertising, dozens of public interest groups argue in a new filing with the agency. The ACLU, Public Knowledge, Center for Digital Democracy, Electronic Frontier Foundation and 33 other advocacy groups are urging the FCC to reject attempts by Internet service providers to weaken the original proposal, unveiled earlier this year by Chairman Tom Wheeler. He called for carriers to obtain broadband customers’ opt-in consent before using information about their Web-surfing history for ad targeting purposes.

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