Yesterday, a report by the Boston Globe mischaracterized Public Knowledge’s current evaluation of Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) “Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly” (Browser) Act as “praise” for the proposed bill. Public Knowledge is concerned that the article may give the impression that we’ve endorsed the bill when we are currently evaluating it and other online privacy bills recently introduced to determine our position.
The following can be attributed to Chris Lewis, Vice President at Public Knowledge:
“We are pleased to see several Members of Congress take steps to respond to the concerns consumers expressed after Congress repealed the FCC's broadband privacy rules. However, we are still evaluating this bill and others addressing consumer privacy concerns and have yet to take a position.
“Ensuring online privacy is adequately protected and that consumers are the ultimate arbiters about how their information is used will require a collaborative approach from key stakeholders. We are willing to work with all members of Congress who want to protect online privacy for consumers.”
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