Ohlhausen Set to Talk Net Neutrality and App Privacy

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FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen is joining a Google Hangout today with the Application Developers Alliance, and she's gearing up to fill developers in on net neutrality, privacy and a whole host of other tech issues. Look for her to push back against reclassification, for one, because any efforts to make broadband providers so-called "common carriers" would also, most likely, make them exempt from the FTC's Section 5 authority.

But that's not the only issue she'll bring up today. "Privacy is always at the top of the agenda these days, particularly given the breaches we've seen at Target and Home Depot," she told MT ahead of Wednesday's event. The commission's in-app purchasing cases with Apple, Amazon and Google are also likely to come up — particularly given Apple's new emphasis on mobile payments with its iPhone 6 launch, she said. "There's lots of creativity going on in that field, but [everyone] just has to keep in mind the basic premise" that consumers need to know what they're being charged for, she said. Quite a few other app developers will be on the Hangout, too. It kicks off at 1 p.m., here: http://bit.ly/1wKRMLa