The Federal Trade Commission’s probe of the nation’s largest Internet Service Providers is narrowing its focus to the privacy practices of their advertising operations, the agency signaled today.
In an unusual move, the FTC announced that it is dropping its requests for information from Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., but now wants documents and other materials from their advertising divisions. In AT&T’s case, the FTC is asking for information from its Appnexus Inc. subsidiary. In Verizon’s case, the agency going after material from Verizon Online and Oath Americas Inc.
In addition, the FTC is adding Charter, the nation’s second largest cable provider, to the list of companies in its privacy review.
The FTC announced in March that it is asking broadband providers about their data collection practices and policies. In addition to AT&T, Verizon and Charter, the FTC is also probing Comcast, T-Mobile and Google Fiber.