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For Immediate Release                                  Media Contact: Carlos Gutierrez
April 8, 2016                                    Email:
LGBT Technology Partnership Files Comments with Federal Communications Commission on Set-Top Box Proposal
Comments express concern about the proposal’s impact on minority and diverse programmers, third-party data collection
Today, the LGBT Technology Partnership (LGBT Tech), the premier organization representing the interests of the LGBT community with regards to communications and technology issues, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the agency’s set-top box proposal.
LGBT Tech is seriously concerned that the proposal permits third parties to gather, use and disseminate private information about viewers, including sensitive personal and aggregate information from members of the LGBT community.  Allowing third parties to unilaterally decide how to bundle, promote, and exhibit “niche” and minority content, such as content created by and for the LGBT community, while at the same time allowing these third parties to “self-certify” their compliance with privacy rules, would put at risk consumers who have come to rely on these rules for the protection of their private data.
LGBT Tech is also concerned the proposed regulations could have significant unintended consequences for minority and diverse programmers, especially those that focus on underserved communities such as the LGBT community. The FCC’s proposal would result in independent programmers losing control over how their content is presented, potentially resulting in diminished placement, exposure and revenues.
LGBT Tech urges the FCC to take these concerns into consideration and to pursue a different path toward a video policy that truly protects consumer privacy, fosters innovation, and enables independent programmers to provide the quality shows their audiences demand. LGBT Tech encourages the FCC to endorse the apps-based model described in the DSTAC expert report, which fully protects consumers’ privacy interests and programmers’ copyright interests while achieving the Commission’s stated goals.
A copy of LGBT Tech’s comments can be viewed more information please contact Carlos Gutierrez at
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