ISPs Sue Maine to be Allowed to Continue to Share Your Personal Information and Data – Includes List of ISPs

ISPs Sue Maine to be Allowed to Continue to Share Your Personal Information and Data

 

In June of last year, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed LD 946 “An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information” into law; it takes effect on July 1 of this year. LD946 prohibits broadband Internet providers from using, sharing, or selling your personal information without your explicit consent. The providers don’t like this, so now four trade associations, representing hundreds of ISPs, telcos, and others, are suing Maine in order to be able to continue buying, selling, and otherwise exploiting your personal information and related data.


Explained Governor Mills, “With this common-sense law, Maine people can access the internet with the knowledge and comfort that their personal information cannot be bought or sold by their ISPs without their express approval.”

(By the way, Bangor, Maine has one cool police department, we featured them last year, and their Cop Selfies with the Duck of Justice.)

The organizations who are suing to defeat this privacy law include ACA Connects (‘America’s Communications Association’), CTIA (‘Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association’ a/k/a ‘The Wireless Association’), NCTA (‘National Cable & Telecommunications Association’ a/k/a ‘The Internet & Television Association’), and USTelecom (‘The Broadband Association’). Which, in turn, includes all of their members (complete list of members of ACA Connects, CTIA, NCTA, and USTelecom below).

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In an announcement on her site, Gov. Mills explains “LD 946 “An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information” prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access. The legislation also prohibits a provider from refusing to serve a customer, charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount if the customer does or does not consent to the use, disclosure, sale or access of their personal information.”

This is, of course, exactly why those Internet service providers are suing.

In their complaint, the ACA, CTIA, NCTA, and USTelecom allege that the Maine law unfairly targets ISPs, and that it violates the 1st Amendment, stating that “The Statute violates the First Amendment because, among other things, it: (1) requires ISPs to secure “opt-in” consent from their customers before using information that is not sensitive in nature or even personally identifying; (2) imposes an opt-out consent obligation on using data that are by definition not customer personal information; (3) limits ISPs from advertising or marketing non- communications-related services to their customers; and (4) prohibits ISPs from offering price discounts, rewards in loyalty programs, or other cost – saving benefits in exchange for a customers consent to use their personal information. The Statute thus excessively burdens ISPs beneficial, pro-consumer speech about a wide variety of subjects, with no offsetting privacy-protection benefits.”

So who exactly are the members of these groups? See the below members lists for each of the CTIA, NCTA, ACA, and USTelecom. If you feel strongly about this, you may want to contact some of these members (the ACA even conveniently includes names and contact email for each member, which works out nicely as they are the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit).

List of ACA Members

Source: https://acaconnects.org/partners/associate-members-list/

A+E Networks
Adara Technologies Inc.
Advanced Media Technologies
Alianza
Anthem Sports and Entertainment
Buckingham Manufacturing
Calix, Inc.
CBHV
Cinnamon Mueller
CoBank
CommSoft
Cooperative Network Services (CNS)
Crown Media Family Networks
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Discovery Networks
eClerx Customer Operations
Entertainment Studio Networks
Evolution Digital, LLC
EWTN
Family Entertainment Television, Inc.
FTX Broadband
Game Show Network
GLDS
Gone Viral TV
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Herring Networks, Inc.
Hood & Associates CPAs, PC
Hope Channel
iGLASS
Innovative Systems
Insight TV
INSP
ION Media Networks
ISPN Network Services
JSI (John Staurulakis, Inc.)
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kids Central
MAV TV
Maxxian
Milestone Communications, Inc.
Minerva Networks
Mintz Levin
Momentum Telecom
Mosaic Marketing
National Information Solutions Cooperative
NBCUniversal
NCTI
NRBTV
ONLINE Utility Exchange
OpenVault
Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks
Ovation TV
Pat Thompson Co.
Phoenix Loss Control
Plume
QVC
RBC Capital Markets
REELZ
Revolt Media & TV
Ride Television Network, Inc.
RocNet Supply, Inc.
Ronin Technology Advisors
Security Coverage
SES
Sterner Energy, LLC
Trinity Broadcasting Networks
The Weather Channel
TV Media
TV One
Viacom
Viamedia
Vivicast Media

List of CTIA Members

Source: https://www.ctia.org/about-ctia/our-members

CTIA Board of Directors
American Tower Corporation
Assurant
Asurion
AT&T
Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.
Bluewater Wireless
Boingo Wireless
Carolina West Wireless
Cellcom
Ericsson, Inc.
GM Onstar
HTC America, Inc.
Intel Corporation
King Street Wireless
LG Electronics MobileComm USA, Inc.
Nokia Corporation
QUALCOMM, Inc.
Samsung Electronics America
Smith Bagley, Inc. DBA Cellular One of N.E. AZ
Southern Linc
Sprint Corporation
Synchronoss Technologies
Syniverse Technologies
T-Mobile USA
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Tristar License Group, LLC
U.S. Cellular
Verizon
CTIA Carrier & Industry Members
3Cinteractive
Aegis Mobile LLC
Allot Communications
Amazon
American Network Solutions
American Tower Corporation
Anritsu Company
Apple, Inc
Assurant
Asurion
AT&T
Bandwidth
Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.
Bluetest AB
Bluewater Wireless
Boingo Wireless
Boku Identity, Inc.
Bureau Veritas ADT
Canon USA
Carolina West Wireless
CDYNE Corporation
Cellcom
Cellpoint Corporation
Chat Mobility
Cisco, Inc.
Communications Test Design, Inc.
Corning Incorporated
Dialpad
DISH Network
East Kentucky Network LLC dba Appalachian Wireless
enTouch Wireless
Ericsson, Inc.
ETS-Lindgren, Inc.
EZ Texting
First Orion Corp.
GCI Communication Corp.
General Test Systems Inc.
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
GM Onstar
Harris Corporation
HEAD acoustics GmbH
Hiya
HTC America, Inc.
Hustle Inc.
iconectiv
Infobip
Intel Corporation
Inteliquent
King Street Wireless
Legacy Telecommunications
LG Electronics MobileComm USA, Inc.
Ligado Networks
mGage LLC
Modus
NetNumber
NextNav, LLC
Nok Nok Labs, Inc.
Nokia Corporation
Northstar Wireless
Nutanix, Inc.
Ookla, LLC
OpenMarket
Opn Sesame
Oracle Corporation
Panasonic Systems Company of North America
Payfone, Inc.
PCTEST Engineering
Pinger, Inc.
Pioneer Cellular
Proofpoint Inc.
Q Link Wireless LLC
QUALCOMM, Inc.
QualTek
SAM Seamless Network
Samsung Electronics America
SAP Digital Interconnect
SGS North America Inc.
SimpleTexting
SlickText
Smith Bagley, Inc. DBA Cellular One of N.E. AZ
Sony Mobile Communications
Southern Linc
Southwire Company
Sprint Corporation
Synchronoss Technologies
Syniverse Technologies
TruConnect Wireless
Teledrip
TeleSign
Telrite Corporation
TextMe Inc.
Textnow, Inc.
The Security Solutions Group, LLC
Tillman Infrastructure
T-Mobile USA
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Track Group, Inc.
Transaction Network Services
Tristar License Group, LLC
Twilio, Inc.
U.S. Cellular
Union Telephone Company
Verizon
ViaOne Services LLC
Vibes Media
West Safety Services Inc.
WMC Global
Zipwhip, Inc.
CTIA General Members
A Test Lab Corp
Accenture
Aero Wireless Group
AGiRepair
Akamai Technologies
Allstate
Altair Semiconductor
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Apkudo, LLC
Arnold & Porter
Arrow Civil
Asfalis Inc.
ATMC Labs, Inc.
Axis Communications
Batteries Plus Bulbs
Beijing 7 layers Huarui
Beijing Hwa-Tech
Black & Veatch Management Consulting
Blancco Services, LLC
BluFlux, LLC
Bragg Communications DBA Eastlink Wireless
B-Stock Solutions Inc.
BT Federal, Inc.
BTL Inc.
CableLabs
Cetecom GmbH
Cleantech San Diego
Clover Wireless
Comcast
Communications Global Certification Inc.
Continental Automotive Services
CTTL China Telecommunication Technology Labs
Custom Communications Inc.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Dekra Certification
Dell Technologies
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Delta Enterprise USA
DLA Piper LLP
DVT&C
Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations
East China Institute of Telecommunications
Electro Magnetic Test, Inc.
Element Materials Technology
Elite Electronic Engineering
EMITE Ing SL
Encore Repair
Eurofins E&E
Exponent
FedEx Supply Chain
Fitbit, Inc.
FutureDial, Inc.
Global Resale
Google LLC
Guangzhou MCM Certification
Geotab
HCT Co. Ltd
Hidden Level, Inc.
HOBI International, Inc.
Hogan Lovells
HP Inc.
Hydsoft Testing Co. Ltd.
Hyla Mobile
Hyper Taiwan Technology, Inc.
Ingram Micro, Inc.
Injured Gadgets
Integrated Service Technology Inc. (iST)
Intertek
iQmetrix
Itron, Inc.
Keysight Technologies
KORE Wireless
Korea Compliance Testing Laboratories (KCTL)
Korea Testing Laboratory
Kyocera International, Inc.
LGMS/LE Global Services Sdn Bhd
LS Enterprise Group
Luna Systems LLC
Liquidity Services, Inc
MasTec North America, Inc.
MiCOM Labs Inc.
Microwave Factory Co. Ltd.
Mobile Defenders
Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
MTCC (Mobile Technology Convergence Center)
MVG, Inc.
Nexus Cellular
Novatel Wireless
NTT DoCoMo USA, Inc.
Omnilert, LLC
Onward Security Corporation
Palindrome Technologies
PCS Wireless
Phoenix Innovations LLC
Project Wing
Quick Ship Brands
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC)
Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.
Screened Images Inc dba Corrections.com
Securus Technologies, Inc.
Sensible Innovations, LLC
ServiceCentral Technologies, Inc.
SETAR-Servicio Di Telecomunicacion
Shanghai Tejet Communications Technology Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Academy of Metrology & Quality Inspection
Shenzhen BALUN Technology Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Duubee Intelligent Technologies Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Hua Mei Na Testing Technology Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Morlab Communications Technology Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Sunway Communication Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Sunyield Technologies Co., Ltd
Shine Electronics Co. Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
Sinch
Smart Crossing
SPEAG (Schmid & Partner Eng. AG)
Spirent Communications
Sporton International Inc.
Strategy Analytics, Inc.
Taoglas USA, Inc.
TA Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
Tech Mahindra Inc.
TECORE, Inc.
Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA)
TEOCO Corporation
The State Radio Monitoring Testing Center
Thompson Coburn LLP
Transit Wireless
TUV Rheinland of North America Inc.
TUV SUD PSB Pte. Ltd.
TA Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
Tech Mahindra Inc.
TECORE, Inc.
Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA)
The State Radio Monitoring Testing Center
Transit Wireless
TruWeather Solutions, Inc.
TUV Rheinland of North America Inc.
TUV SUD PSB Pte Ltd
Uber Elevate
Ubicquia
UL Verification Services Inc.
United Smart Tech
Universal Standard Service, Inc. (USS Taiwan)
Verkotan OY
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
WE Certification Oy
Werx Repair Services
Wiley Rein LLP
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Wireless Research Center of North Carolina
Zebra Technologies

List of NCTA Members

Source: https://www.ncta.com/about-ncta

A+E Networks
Africa Channel
Alticast, Inc.
AMC Networks Inc.
ARRIS
Blonder-Tongue Labs, Inc.
Bortz Media & Sports Group, Inc.
Broken Bow TV
Carlsen Resources, Inc.
Casa Systems
Castalia Communications Corp.
CEA Associates, LLC
Charter Communications
Cim-Tel Cable, Inc.
Clear Creek Mutual Telephone
Comcast NBCUniversal
CommScope, Inc.
Conax As
Cox Communications, Inc.
C-SPAN
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Discovery, Inc.
Disney Media Networks
Duff & Phelps, LLC
Eagle Communications
EWTN Global Catholic Network
Federated Wireless Inc
Fox Networks Group
GCI Cable Inc.
Hallmark Channel (Crown Media Holdings)
Hood Canal Cablevision
Horowitz Associates, Inc.
ION Media Networks
Mediacom Communications Corporation
Mega Broadband Investments
Midco
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
Mountain Zone TV
National Geographic Channel (NGC)
Nelson County Cablevision Inc.
Ovation TV
Rasenberger Media LLC
RBC Daniels
ReelzChannel
REVOLT Media & TV
RIDE TV
Sand Cherry Associates
Service Electric Cablevision
Showtime Networks
Sjoberg’s, Inc
Sony Movie Channel
Stifel Financial Corporation
Technetix
Telecon
TV One
Univision Communications Inc.
UP
Viacom Media Networks
Viamedia
Vyve Broadband
WarnerMedia
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Xavient Information Systems
Zodiac Interactive

List of USTelecom Members


 

Source: https://www.ustelecom.org/ustelecom-community/our-members/#0

Alaska Communications
Amherst Telephone Company
Arcadian Infracom
AT&T
Baca Valley Telehone
Beggs Telephone Company
Big Bend Telephone
Blackfoot
Blanca Telephone Company
Capital Communications
CenturyLink
Chapin Telephone
Chariton Valley
Chickasaw Holding Company
Cisco
Clarksville Mutual Telephone
Comporium
Consolidated Communications
Coon Valley Telephone
Cooperative Telephone Exchange
CostQuestAssociates
Darien Telephone Company
Doylestown Telephone Company
EATEL
EpicTouch
Ericsson
Fort Jennings Telephone Company
Frontier Communications
Grand Telephone Company
Great Plains Communicationis
GTC Broadband
GVTC Communications
Hamilton.net
Hargray
Hat Island Telephone Company
Highland Telephone Cooperative
Hinton Telephone Company
HomeTel
Hot Springs Telephone Company
iconectiv
Ironton Telephone
Jefferson Telecom
JTC Companies
Kalida Telephone Company
Kinsman Mutual Telephone Company
Lincoln County Telephone System, Inc.
McCormack Ellington Telecom
MVTel
Monon Telephone
MTCO
NEC
NTT
NNTC Wireless
Oneida County Telephone
Oracle
Pattersonville Telephone Company
Pennsylvania Telephone Company
Pioneer
Pottawatomie Telephone Company
Rainier Connect
Reynolds Telephone Company
Rice Belt Internet & Voice
Riviera Telephone Company
Shawnee Communications
Shentel
Silver Star Communications
SmartCity Telecom
Smithville Fiber
Sodtown Telephone Company
Telefonica
TeleMedia
TelSerCo
Thacker Grigsby
The Grandview Mutual Telephone Company
Tonica Telephone
TotelCSI
Twilio
Union Springs Telephone Company
Verizon
Wabash Communications
Watch Communications
Wilkes Communications
Windstream
WNM Communications
WWest Communications

  
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ISPs Sue Maine to be Allowed to Continue to Share Your Personal Information and Data – Includes List of ISPs

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ISPs Sue Maine to be Allowed to Continue to Share Your Personal Information and Data - Includes List of ISPs
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Upset over losing the ability to buy and sell your personal information, orgs representing hundreds of ISPs and others are suing the state of Maine.

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