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Center For Digital Democracy: FCC Should Protect Online Privacy

The Center for Digital Democracy and other privacy rights groups are asking the Federal Communications Commission to keep privacy rights top of mind as it decides how to deliver on the national broadband rollout initiative.

In comments to the FCC Monday, CDD and company said that should include concentrating on data security, minimizing data collection and study how online data is being used. Monday was the deadline for comments on the national broadband rollout plan Congress has asked it to come up with by next February.

Specifically, the groups want the FCC to regulate deep-packet inspection and targeted behavioral advertising, saying industry self-regulation has "failed," and to better investigate the privacy implications of so-called "cloud" computing.

The keys, they argue, are giving consumers more information and data about these practices and protecting children from unfair marketing practices. That includes focusin on the role of broadcans, cable, phone networks and others in collecting and using data from young people for interactive marketing.

They say consumers consider behavioral advertising a "digital intrusion," mistrust DPI and behavioral advertising, and don't understand the security and privacy risks of shared online storage and applications generally referred to as "cloud computing."

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.