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Bloomberg BNA reports on a panel discussion at the IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit last week in which Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Associate General Counsel Jennifer Tatel discussed the difficulty the FCC faces in playing privacy regulator in the 21st century. That’s because of the sheer “oldness” of its governing statute, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which contains few provisions on data protection and privacy. The law does prevent telecom carriers from disclosing or sharing customers’ proprietary network information (CPNI) without customers’ consent, but if it’s not CPNI-related, “there’s not much we can do,” Tatel said.
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