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Articles tagged with: Americas

FCC urged to protect broadband privacy

More than 50 US consumer and privacy organisations including the Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have signed a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler calling for “strong rules” to protect the privacy of broadband users by reining in ISPs’ and telcos’ ability to harvest user data without explicit consent, reports TechCrunch.

  • Monday, 25 January 2016

Data privacy ombudsman proposed for Safe Harbour

The US has proposed creating an ombudsman to deal with EU citizens’ complaints about US surveillance as part of talks to clinch a new EU-US data transfer pact, Reuters reports from various sources.

  • Monday, 25 January 2016

Open access to Canadian media data

The Canadian Media Concentration Research (CMRC) project aims to analyse a “deceptively simple yet profoundly important question”: have telecoms, media and internet markets become more concentrated over time, or less?

  • Monday, 14 December 2015

Argentina ‘to scrap media ownership law’

Oscar Aguad, head of Argentina’s new communications ministry, has announced that the government wants to scrap the country’s controversial media law, which prohibits telecoms operators from owning TV channels, notes Telecom Paper.

  • Monday, 14 December 2015

Costa Rica takes more time on competition

Costa Rican telecoms regulator, Sutel, has delayed its decision on the competitiveness of the nation’s telecoms markets until November 2016, reports TeleGeography.

  • Monday, 25 January 2016

FCC removes Cuba from exclusion list

The FCC’s international bureau has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening the door for US telecoms carriers to provide facilities-based telephone and internet service to Cuba without separate approval from the FCC.

  • Monday, 25 January 2016

US net neutrality order misses the point?

British telecoms expert, Martin Geddes, attended the court hearing on the US FCC’s internet order, brought by various objectors, and says the “process and content was a credit to the rule of law in the US”.

  • Monday, 14 December 2015

FCC rejects request to regulate OTT edge providers

The FCC in the US has dismissed a request from Consumer Watchdog that the Commission “initiate a rulemaking proceeding requiring ‘edge providers’ (like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn) to honour ‘do not track’ requests from consumers.

  • Monday, 23 November 2015

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