Wednesday, February 01, 2006

FCC to Consider Changes on Call Data Privacy

Jeremy Polofsky writes for Reuters:

U.S. communications regulators plan to review whether tougher protections are needed to safeguard telephone customer information, a privacy watchdog group and sources familiar with the plan said on Tuesday.

The Federal Communications Commission at its February 10 open meeting will likely approve a request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center that asked the agency to consider adopting stricter rules, the sources and an EPIC official said.

The move would come amid pressure to clamp down on companies that offer to obtain and sell telephone subscriber information. State attorneys general, lawmakers, the FCC and Federal Trade Commission are all investigating the practice.


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