• Policy Topics


    In today's wireless industry, consumers have a variety of choices from a number of companies, whether it's content developers, app creators, device manufacturers or providers. The assortment of options is why the U.S. wireless industry is robustly competitive and innovative. At the same time, consumers must take the time to review each app, service and product they use on their mobile devices to know how their personal information, including location, may be used. CTIA members adhere to legal and voluntary standards to protect personal data and to give consumers choices about how their data is used.

  • FCC Filings & Legal Docs
    Jan 10, 2014

    CTIA Comments to FTC: Privacy and Security Implications of the Internet of Things

    As the panelists at the FTC’s recent workshop on the privacy and security implications of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) discussed, the IoT holds tremendous promise and potential to improve economic productivity, individual health and well-being, and energy efficiency. And although it is developing quickly, the IoT is still in its infancy.

  • Events
    Apr 25, 2014

    Revising the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): Should Congress Require a Warrant?

    The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will host an event on revising the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) on April 25th in the Rayburn House ...

  • Events
    Apr 29, 2014

    NTIA Privacy Multistakeholder Process: Facial Recognition Technology

    The goal of the second multistakeholder process is to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in the commercial context.

  • Glossary

    Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

    A VPN allows a user to conduct secure transactions over a public or unsecure network. By encrypting messages sent between devices, the integrity and confidentially ...

  • Glossary

    NAM (Number Assignment Module)

    The NAM is the electronic memory bank in the wireless phone that stores its specific telephone number and electronic serial number.

  • Glossary


    On its own, adware is harmless software that automatically displays advertisements. Unfortunately, some bad actors may choose to integrate spyware and other privacy-invasive software in ...

  • Glossary


    Digitally scrambling information so it can be transmitted over an unsecure network. At the other end, the recipient typically uses a digital "key" to unscramble ...

  • Glossary


    Illicitly exploiting a weakness in a networked information system to access or alter data or interfere with network or device functions. A hacker may be ...

  • Glossary


    Malicious Software is computer language codes created by hackers to access or alter data or interfere with network functions. It may manifest itself as worms, ...

  • Glossary


    Rooting allows a device owner to obtain full privileged control within the operating system to overcome any software parameters or other limits on the device. ...

  • Glossary


    A type of malware that functions without a user's knowledge or permission. Spyware frequently captures user activity and data, either storing it in obscure file ...

  • Glossary


    A computer virus is unwanted code that is capable of replicating and transmitting itself from one source (e.g., smartphone, tablet, computer) to another.

  • FCC Filings & Legal Docs
    Jun 30, 2010

    CTIA Files Comments on FTCs COPPA Rule Review

    CTIA – The Wireless Association® (―CTIA) hereby submits these comments in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (―FTC or ―Commission) request for public comment on the FTC’s continuing implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (―COPPA Rule).

  • FCC Filings & Legal Docs
    Jan 28, 2011

    CTIA Files Comments in Response to Department of Commerce's Privacy Proposal

    CTIA – The Wireless Association® (“CTIA”) submits these comments in response to the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force’s Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.

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