It's not language access vs. online privacy. We want it both ways!
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
You can’t put a price on online privacy. Unless you’re a broadband provider like AT&T or Comcast, that is.
What you Google, the statuses you like, the links you open -- it all creates a comprehensive digital outline of YOU. And with total access to what you do online (and when and where you do it), Internet service providers are in the nasty, lucrative habit of selling off our data to advertisers.
The FCC is trying to change this by requiring providers to get your permission before selling off your data. But some Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations have opposed these privacy rules, claiming they will confuse limited English-proficient (LEP) customers.
This doesn’t have to be a case of privacy vs. language access. We can have it both ways. Tell the FCC you support stronger broadband privacy rules that are language accessible to limited English-proficient customers.
It’s true that AAPIs have unique language needs -- together we comprise 50 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages. And because Asian households have the highest rates of broadband service (at 81%), the FCC’s privacy rules stand to have a huge impact on our communities.
Broadband privacy is crucial because Internet service providers are privy to some of our most sensitive information -- like searches about mental health, immigration status, domestic violence, and unemployment benefits. These intimate details shouldn’t be bought and sold without our consent, making the most vulnerable members of our communities further at risk.
There’s no reason to use AAPI language needs as a wedge to forward Big Cable’s agenda. We can’t let our voices be twisted to block progressive privacy rules. We deserve strong privacy standards that are also language accessible to all LEP consumers -- and we expect the FCC to deliver just that.
The deadline to give your input is coming up on Monday, June 27. Tell the FCC now: we support rules for stronger broadband privacy that includes protections for LEP customers.
Here's the message we'll be sending on your behalf. Feel free to add your own words in the comments section!
Dear FCC Chairman Wheeler and Members of Congress:
Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have the power to sell information about their customers’ online activities. But the data we transmit over the Internet shouldn’t belong to our Internet service providers. This breach of privacy makes low-income communities, immigrant communities, and other marginalized groups particularly at risk.
I urge you to support and move forward the FCC proposal “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” and safeguard customers’ privacy, while ensuring that new privacy standards are made language accessible to reflect the access needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other limited English-proficient consumers.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
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