Protecting your online privacy: understanding the FCC’s proposal with Sarah Morris (Ep. 38)

Protecting your online privacy: understanding the FCC’s proposal with Sarah Morris (Ep. 38)

Sarah Morris (@sarmorris) is Senior policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America, Sarah Morris leads the policy team’s strategic efforts on issues related broadband access and adoption, online consumer protections, and preserving the open Internet. Her work on network neutrality has been widely quoted in a number of national publications, and she has appeared as an expert on radio and television outlets. She is a regular contributor for The Hill, and frequently writes for a variety of other national outlets.

Prior to joining New America, Ms. Morris was a Google Policy Fellow with the public interest law firm Media Access Project, where she assisted with research and drafting of FCC comments on a wide range of key communications issues. She earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a J.D. and LL.M. in Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law from Nebraska Law, completing her thesis on privacy and security concerns related to Smart Grid technology. She currently serves on the Alumni Council for the LL.M. program.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • What internet service providers (ISPs) know about you and how that data can potentially be used against you.
  • How some ISPs attempt to buy and sell your private data.
  • The FCC’s legal authority to regulate privacy.
  • The specific types of data the FCC should seek to protect.

Resources:

Open Technology Institute at New America

The FCC’s Role in Protecting Online Privacy: An Explainer (OTI)

Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family by Anne Marie Slaughter