The Competitive Enterprise Institute applauds the House of Representatives for passing a CRA resolution of disapproval to repeal the FCC’s privacy rule today. The CRA will now proceed to President Trump’s desk where it will await his signature.
CEI Research Fellow and Regulatory Counsel Ryan Radia said:
"The FCC erred in imposing uniquely rigid requirements on broadband companies' information collection practices, especially given the lack of any evidence that consumers have been harmed by inadequate data security. Much of the debate surrounding this rule centers on the fear that consumers will have no privacy protection if the president signs the resolution. But these fears are based on a myopic understanding of the numerous laws, regulations, and institutions that protect our privacy on the Internet other than the FCC’s burdensome, legally questionable privacy rule. If the President doesn't approve this CRA, the FCC privacy rule still faces an uncertain future in the courts, where it will likely be challenged on the grounds that it exceeds the FCC's authority under the Communications Act."
See more from CEI and Ryan Radia on broadband privacy:
- Six Reasons FCC Rules Aren't Needed to Protect Privacy
- Broadband Privacy Regulations Need to Be Revised by FCC or Repealed by Congress
- FCC Stay of Privacy Rule Prevents Irreparable Injury to Businesses and Consumers
- CEI Joins Coalition Letter Supporting CRA to Disapprove Broadband Privacy Rule
- CEI Joins Coalition Letter Asking Congress to Rescind FCC Privacy Rules
- New Congress Needs to Modernize Tech Policy
- CEI Comments to FCC on Broadband Privacy Order