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FCC Dismisses Watchdog's Do Not Track Petition

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Nov 6, 2015, 12:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The FCC has denied Consumer Watchdog's request that the agency force web sites to honor Do Not Track requests. The group asked the FCC to initiate a notice of proposed rulemaking that would force internet companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pandora to cease collecting user data if they so asked. The agency said it will continue to investigate and respond to emerging threats to privacy, but it doesn't believe collecting user data can be defined as such a threat. Some companies honor Do Not Track requests voluntarily, but Consumer Watchdog hoped to make such behavior required. Many internet companies and online portals sell the data generated by consumer use of their products.

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T Bone

Nov 8, 2015, 7:56 PM

It's not like it can be enforced anyway

Seriously, what do people think the FCC will be able to do to enforce such a ruling?

The idea that either the FCC or any government agency anywhere on the planet can possibly police the Internet is a joke.

Yeah, the FCC is gonna tell a bunch of Internet sites based in Russia and China what to do, yeah right.
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