DISPATCHES

FTC Files Comment on Proposed Set-Top Box Rule

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

FTC Commissioner Jessica Rich filed a comment on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rulemaking, suggesting FCC modify its proposed rule to facilitate FTC enforcement actions against third-party set-top box manufacturers that fail to comply with certain consumer privacy protections.

The proposed rule would require cable and satellite providers to provide access only to third-party set-top box makers that certify that their products comply with the privacy protections required of the providers themselves. FTC further recommends that access be limited to third-party set-top box manufacturers that make consumer-facing statements regarding compliance that the FTC could enforce under its authority.