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Digital Citizens Alliance: Obama’s Support for Proposed Change to Home Television Viewing is “Simply Bewildering”

Published Friday, April 15, 2016

Washington, DC - Digital Citizens Alliance Executive Director Tom Galvin made the following statement after President Obama announced his support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) controversial set-top box proposal:

“It is simply bewildering that President Obama would come out in support of the FCC’s controversial proposal to change the way we watch television at home. The FCC’s set-top box proposal raises serious issues about privacy and data collection of children’s viewing habits. These are issues the White House has expressed concern about in the past, but seems to ignore now.

“Americans, however, remain concerned. The majority of Americans in a recent poll said the FCC’s settop box proposal was a bad idea and over 60 percent are concerned about companies such as Google collecting information about their children's viewing habits and interests.

“So President Obama has to decide which side he’s on – the privacy interests of consumers or enabling a tech giant such as Google to get a little richer.”

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