Last week, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced a partnership with four state attorneys general to enhance cooperation between the FCC and the participating states on privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity enforcement.
The attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania signed a Memoranda of Understanding (“MOU”) with the FCC to coordinate efforts in conducting privacy and data protection investigations under sections 201 and 222 of the Communications Act. Under the MOU, the FCC will support the participating states with resources, remedies, and enforcement staff. The FCC also may facilitate relationships between the states and other relevant federal agencies and provide access to investigative tools such as subpoenas and confidential response letters from suspected enforcement targets.
Chairwoman Rosenworcel compared this enforcement partnership to the FCC’s existing partnerships with states on robocall investigations. The partnership is a product of the FCC’s Privacy and Data Protection Task Force, which coordinates cross-agency initiatives related to data privacy issues (for more information about the Task Force, see our blog here).