Let’s Take Action and Enact a Federal Consumer Bill of Rights

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

So, today is another “Day of Action” for net neutrality advocates across the United States.  We are supporting today’s Day of Action just as we did last summer’s Day of Action.  But also like last summer, we support real action – actual legislation from Congress that places the pillars of net neutrality into law and applies… Read more »

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Privacy Must Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

By Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T Vice President of Global Public Policy Consumers rightly expect consistent privacy protections on the internet, no matter what service, device or company is using their data. It sounds simple, but it is increasingly challenging in practice as the amount and variety of online data continues to grow exponentially. And there is… Read more »

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Reversing Obama’s FCC Regulations: A Path to Consumer-Friendly Privacy Protections

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Given the Beltway reaction to the commendable work by Congress to reverse the FCC’s off-course privacy rules, it’s worth taking a step back to see what’s really going on.  First and foremost, all of the rhetoric that asserts – without any factual support – that the CRA vote suddenly eliminated consumer privacy protections is just plain wrong.… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Protecting Customers’ Privacy Rights

Today, in a petition to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s flawed privacy rules, several associations representing U.S. internet service providers (ISPs) released detailed principles, fully supported by AT&T, that reaffirm ISPs’ commitment to protecting customers’ privacy online. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T has… Read more »

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The FCC Seizes the Reins on Privacy: Observations from Our Summer Internship

By Lindsey Knapton, Alex McLeod, Sean Vallancourt, AT&T Summer Interns  (The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the student authors and are not attributable to AT&T) When we each arrived at AT&T’s DC offices earlier this summer for our internships, we knew that we would have a front seat for policy discussions… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Bogus Set-Top Box Privacy Complaint

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T’s use of anonymous and aggregate set-top box information is entirely consistent with the statute. Our disclosures tell our customers exactly how we use that data and provide tools for customers to opt out.  Frankly, this complaint… Read more »

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The Privacy Misdirection

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Today, we will file our official comments in the Commission’s privacy proceeding. The fundamental message will be that the FCC should follow the FTC’s lead and adopt a notice and consent framework for privacy that is entirely consistent with the FTC framework that has governed since the inception of the Internet.  That is contrary to… Read more »

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Google Set-Top Box Filing Reveals Anti-Consumer Double Standard

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “Google’s argument exposes that their proposal makes absolutely no sense from a policy standpoint. What they suggest, amazingly, is that a customer’s info will have onerous restrictions and be subject to opt-in requirements if they use our… Read more »

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