FCC admits that its comment system was not designed to prevent fraud

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In reaction to allegations that millions of comments submitted about net neutrality in 2017 used data of American citizens without their consent, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) admitted in court that its electronic comment filing system (ECFS) was not designed to keep track of the origin of comments, to prevent fraud or the use of bots. If fraud does occur, which seems to be the case of net neutrality public comments, it is not designed to detect it, nor produce evidence of who is culpable. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated three months ago that ‘half-million comments’ about his net neutrality proposal were ‘submitted from Russian e-mail addresses.

 

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