FTC adopts telecom data rules

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Washington, D.C.--The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday adopted dual opt-in and opt-out rules that telecommunications carriers must follow before using, disclosing or permitting access to customer information.

Under the new rules, the use of customer information by telecommunications companies or disclosure to third parties and affiliates "requires a customer's knowing consent in the form of notice and opt-out approval." However, customer information disclosure to unrelated third parties and affiliates that do not provide any communications-related services "requires express customer consent, or opt-in approval."

In other governmental news, Direct Marketing Association President-CEO H. Robert Wientzen was to testify Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee against the proposed national "do not call" list.

--Carol Krol

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