Federal Regulators Seeking Public Input

On Friday, October 6th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice seeking comment on a Petition for a Declaratory Ruling that would modify the current exemptions to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The petition, filed by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), requests that the FCC adopt an established business relationship exemption from the TCPA’s prior-express-consent requirement for informational artificially dialed calls and text messages made on behalf of credit unions to their customers’ wireless phone numbers. If the FCC denies adopting the exemption, CUNA further requests that the FCC exempt credit unions from the TCPA’s prior-express-consent requirement for informational calls made to its members’ wireless phone numbers that are made free of charge to the consumer. Interested parties must file their comments with the FCC by November 6th and any additional reply comments by November 21st.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is preparing to host a workshop to examine consumer injury in the context of privacy and data security on December 12th. In a press release the FTC requested public input on a variety of topics such as qualitative differences in injuries sustained in data breaches and how businesses and consumers balance the benefits and risks of giving and receiving private information. The FTC will accept comments on the information covered by the workshop through October 27. Affected business should consider providing their input on these matters.

* Adam Steele contributed to this post.