Extension Sought for Comments in Privacy Proceeding

A group of industry associations have filed a motion asking the FCC to delay the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) comment deadlines in the privacy proceeding.  The group requests a 45-day extension of time for filing comments and a reply comments.

The group argues that the Notice currently only provides 57 days for comments and 30 days for reply comments “for an extremely complex and far-reaching Notice with over 500 questions that has ramifications for the entire online ecosystem.”  The group highlights that through this proceeding, the FCC “seeks to impose comprehensive an onerous requirements on a service that never before was subject to FCC privacy data security, or data breach rules, let alone a set of rules as prescriptive and burdensome as those proposed in the Notice” and as a result, additional time should be provided to ensure that the record is complete.  The group also argues that the current pleading cycle overlaps with several other significant rulemaking comment cycles, which may impose significant hardships on stakeholders, particularly small and mid-sized entities.

The group consists of the American Cable Association, Consumer Technology Association, CTIA, Internet Commerce Coalition, NCTA, U.S. Telecom Association, and WISPA.  As you may be aware, another organization, the Association of National Advertisers (“ANA”), also previously filed a comment extension request seeking an addition 60 days.

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