FTC's Rich: Title II Made Consumers Less Safe

Jessica Rich, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, told Congress Wednesday that the FCC's decision to reclassify ISPs under Title II had made it harder to protect consumers.

That came in a House hearing on new data breach and security legislation in the House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee.

Rich said the FTC has taken no position on the reclassification, but she said it has had the effect of removing broadband service from the FTC's purview over data privacy and security. That, she said, meant the FTC can do less to protect consumers under Title II reclassification than it was able to do before.

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John Eggerton

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.