Today, online data flows seamlessly among various companies, including devices, operating systems, browsers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), apps, online services, and advertising networks. Yet federal privacy rules treat and protect the very same consumer data flowing through this complex ecosystem differently based solely on the type of company that handles these data. This creates confusion and gives consumers a false impression that their data is subject to the same protections across the internet.

Adopting consistent privacy protections across all players in the digital ecosystem will benefit consumers by advancing uniformity that promotes consistency and clarity on the existence and nature of data privacy protections in the online world.

The new technologies we enjoy today are amazing, but with them comes a responsibility with your privacy and data security. That’s why AT&T fully supports national privacy legislation. Efforts by individual companies are important, but consumers deserve a single set of privacy rules they can understand and rely on across the nation.

Consumers Need Consistent Privacy Protections: Federal Legislative Actions

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.

Consumers Need Consistent Privacy Protections: State Legislative Actions

States must be very careful about imposing privacy regulation, because data flows freely among many types of companies every time a user connects to the internet. Any new regulation could have far-reaching unintended consequences that could disrupt the operation of the internet that consumers have come to expect.

Event AT&T Policy Forum Event

Privacy in a World of Data Evolution & Technology Convergence

September 26, 2017
1:00 pm
- 3:00 pm EDT

On September 26, 2017 the AT&T Policy Forum hosted an in-depth discussion on privacy and its influence on technological innovation, business, consumers and public policy in the data revolution.

Lori Fink, senior vice president, AT&T assistant general counsel and chief privacy officer, moderated the opening session.

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