Press Release, Statement
February 18, 2020
ACA Connects, CTIA, NCTA and USTelecom Statement on Maine ISP-only Privacy Law .
The following statement is for attribution to ACA Connects, CTIA, NCTA and USTelecom:
“Protecting consumer privacy is a vital national goal. Consumers expect – and deserve – the same meaningful privacy protections across the internet. Broadband providers are united in support of a comprehensive national privacy framework that puts consumers first and applies to all companies, including all those operating online, in a uniform and technology-neutral manner.
“Maine’s L.D. 946 is not such a law. Its regulation solely of internet service providers won’t give consumers the protection they want. And it has other serious substantive flaws. Maine’s approach of regulating the collection and use of data by internet service providers only, and not the practices of other companies, including the largest internet companies, data brokers, and others that collect, use, and monetize even more data than ISPs, leaves a gaping hole in the law, is unconstitutional, preempted by federal law, and should be struck down by the courts.”
CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association’s members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.