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CU Letter to U.S. House Opposing CRA to Nullify FCC Broadband Privacy Rules

Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports, writes regarding House consideration of S.J.Res.34, approved by a 50-48 party line vote in the Senate last week. This resolution, if passed by the House and signed into law by President, would use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) newly-enacted broadband privacy rules that give consumers better control over their data. Many Senators cited “consumer confusion” as a reason to do away with the FCC’s privacy rules, but we have seen no evidence proving this assertion and fail to understand how taking away increased privacy protections eliminates confusion. Therefore, we strongly oppose passage of this resolution—it would strip consumers of their privacy rights and, as we explain below, leave them with no protections at all. We urge you to vote no on S.J.Res.34.