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Public Policy is a key pillar of OTA, working to foster the development of policy, legislative and regulatory efforts benefiting consumers while fostering innovation in data protection, privacy, security and identity theft. OTA supports multi-stakeholder efforts to promote best practices and meaningful self-regulation . OTA members receive weekly briefings and advice to help navigate the complexities and to move from compliance mindset to one of embracing stewardship.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Broadband Providers and Privacy - The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding broadband consumers and transparency and control of their data. The call for public comment requested input on issues of data control including choice, transparency and security. OTA's respose applauds the efforts to enhance consumer privacy while promoting innovation. Key elements in OTA's comments cover scope, privacy disclosures, tracking, data breach response and security.

Rate Regulation & Internet Access - proposed legislation raises issues of inhibiting the FCC’s ability to carry out its statutory consumer protection obligations. In addition, the current version creates the potential for inequity where only the wealthy can afford privacy.

  • Joint Letter opposing H.R. 2666: “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act” - April, 2016

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

Advancement of IoT - OTA is actively involved with the NTIA Internet Policy Taskforce efforts to review of the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of the Internet of Things.  

 

Online Trust Alliance Responds to FTC Feedback Request with Suggested CAN-SPAM Act Modifications

Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Reston, VA – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an Internet Society (ISOC) initiative with the mission to enhance online trust, today announced it has submitted its response to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) request for comments about the CAN-SPAM Act. While OTA believes the U.S.

Aug 14, 2018
The Hill

By Christine Runnegar, Internet Society, Opinion Contributor - In light of recent well-documented data breaches and privacy violations like those at Equifax and Facebook, there have been numerous reports that Internet companies are finally warming to United States federal privacy regulations after fending them off for years.

Aug 30, 2017
CyberScoop

Two coalitions of online and email marketing companies are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to tighten some restrictions on commercial email, including broader use of message authentication protocols like DMARC, more user-friendly opt-out and unsubscribe options and prohibitions on the use of technologies designed to defeat spam filters and other anti-

Aug 30, 2017
MediaPost

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a non-profit and Internet Society (ISOC) initiative, submitted recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to modify the United States’ anti-spam law. “Looking ahead it is imperative we take a global view, include embracing opt-in as prescribed by CASL and GDPR, and adopt email authentication and related best practices to maximize trust and confidence in the inbox,” states Crai

US Representatives DelBene and Langevin Receive the OTA's Cybersecurity, Privacy & Innovation Public Service Award

Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Online Trust Alliance, an Internet Society initiative with the mission to enhance online trust, today honored U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Jim Cong Jim Langevin (RI)Langevin (D-RI) with its Cybersecurity, Privacy & Innovation Public Service Award.

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