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 Trade Commission (FTC)
CAN-SPAM Act - Implemented in 2003, this law sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and spells out tough penalties for violations. On June 28, 2017, the FTC issued a request for comments on the CAN-SPAM Rule. OTA, in conjunction with many members, has generated and submitted a response that generally supports the Rule but outlines several possible areas of improvement for both consumers and businesses.
- OTA Response to FTC Request for Comments on CAN-SPAM - August 29, 2017
- Press release announcing OTA's response - August 30, 2017
- Craig Spiezle's blog post re: OTA's response - August 30, 2017
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.
- FCC NPRM on privacy and broadband providers - April 1, 2016
- OTA Letter to Chairman Wheeler - March 29, 2016
- OTA comments to NPRM - May 27, 2016
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.
- NTIA RFC on Role of Government and Advancement of IoT - April 5, 2016
- OTA comments sumbitted to NTIA - June 1, 2016
- Link to all NTIA comments submitted
- Workshop on IoT and Role of Government - September 1, 2016 (webcast)