FCC’s Verizon “Supercookie” Settlement
The Federal Communications Commission continues to expand its enforcement activities under the leadership of Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. This is the FCC’s second settlement under its Open Internet Transparency Rule. In June 2015, the FCC proposed a $100 million fine under the Rule against AT&T Mobility for misleading its customers about the data speed limits on its so-called “unlimited” mobile data plans. Here’s LeBlanc’s summary of the Verizon settlement from the FCC’s press release:
“Consumers care about privacy and should have a say in how their personal information is used,
especially when it comes to who knows what they’re doing online,” said FCC Enforcement
Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “Privacy and innovation are not incompatible. This agreement
shows that companies can offer meaningful transparency and consumer choice while at the same
time continuing to innovate. We would like to acknowledge Verizon Wireless’s cooperation
during the course of this investigation and its willingness to make changes to its practices for the
benefit of its customers.”
The full text of the Verizon Order and Consent Decree is here.
Professor Brian Ray has extensive experience in eDiscovery, information governance and data privacy. He and Candice Hoke created and serve as Co-Directors of the Center for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where they are Professors of Law. Brian co-founded, with Tim Opsitnick of Jurinnov, the Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Professor Ray is a member of the Sedona Conference's International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure and Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Groups.
Professor Ray also is an expert in international and comparative law. His book, Engaging with Social Rights: Participation, Procedure and Democracy in South Africa's Second-Wave (forthcoming Cambridge 2016) provides a comprehensive analysis of the South African Constitutional Court's social rights decisions. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on the law of human rights.
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