Consumers Need Consistent Privacy Protections: Federal Legislative Actions

Today, online data flows seamlessly across the internet ecosystem among various companies and technologies, including devices, operating systems, browsers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), apps, online services, and advertising networks.

Consumers deserve one set of privacy rules.

Federal legislation should create a unified regulatory regime for privacy, data security, and breach notification, consistent with the standards developed and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the past 20 years. Legislation would not only ensure consumers’ rights are protected, but it would also provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies, across all websites, content, devices, and applications.

Consistent privacy rules applied equally across the internet will benefit consumers and help drive innovative services.

Uniform privacy rules will offer consumers a greater sense of security and enhance consumer confidence. Protections should be based on the sensitivity of the consumer’s data, not the type of company holding it. Comprehensive federal legislation will also help avoid a patchwork of state privacy regulations that can make it difficult for new internet services and applications to be deployed to consumers, and lead to far-reaching unintended consequences that could disrupt the operation of the internet that consumers have come to expect.

AT&T has a firm company commitment to the privacy and security of our customers and users. 

Our global privacy program is based on four basic principles that explain our commitments:

We’re open and honest about how we use your data.

Choice and Control.
We give you choices about how we use your data.

We use strong safeguards to keep your data confidential and secure.

We do what we say.

These principles are reflected in the AT&T Code of Business Conduct, as well as our Privacy Policies. AT&T’s privacy commitments are always available on our website:

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