A group of 15 state attorneys general are requesting the Federal Communications Commission require Google and other set-top box manufacturers to make privacy promises to customers before creating boxes accessing pay TV programs, MediaPost reports. "Requiring consumer-facing statements would enhance the states’ abilities to pursue consumer protection actions against third-party set-top box manufacturers," the law enforcement officials wrote in a letter to the FCC. The letter includes signatures from California Attorney General Kamala Harris, New York’s Eric Schneiderman, and Mississippi’s Jim Hood. The FCC is considering privacy principles for the new rules, but the cable industry, already strongly opposed to the new rules, believes privacy guidelines won’t stop companies such as Google from collecting consumer data.
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