FCC Denies Petition to Implement Do Not Track

FCC Denies Petition to Implement Do Not Track

Invoking the Federal Communications Commissions Net Neutrality order, Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog petitioned the FCC to “initiate a rulemaking proceeding requiring ‘edge providers’ (like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn) to honor ‘Do Not Track’ Requests from consumers.”

The FCC declined the invitation, explaining that in issuing its Net Neutrality order, the FCC had been “unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers.”  The FCC added that in issuing the Net Neutrality order it was not  “regulating the Internet, per se,” as “reclassification of broadband Internet access service involves only the transmission component of Internet access service.”

The ruling is yet another set back for the Do Not Track movement which has stalled in recent years.