See If Your Name Was Misused To Comment On Net Neutrality

See If Your Name Was Misused To Comment On Net Neutrality

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Has your identity been misused to comment on net neutrality? New York Attorney General Schneiderman wants to know.

The Federal Communications Commission might gut the Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were meant to keep broadband providers from playing favorites with websites and apps.

Schneiderman suspects the FCC's public comment process on net neutrality may have been corrupted by using the names of real people, but with fake comments.

The AG has announced the launch of a new web site so New Yorkers can check to see if their identities were misused.

An analysis by the Attorney General’s office found that tens of thousands of net neutrality comments may have misused the real names and addresses of New Yorkers.

His office said hundreds of thousands of Americans likely were victimized in the same way, including tens of thousands per state in California, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and possibly others.

Impersonation and other misuse of a person’s identity violates New York law.

New Yorkers can search whether their identities have been misused and assist in Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigation by heading to ag.ny.gov/fakecomments and taking the following steps:

Go to the FCC comment system web page where you can search for filed comments.

Search for comments that may have misused your identity:

- Locate the “Search Full Text” field at the top of the search form and enter your first and last name (no initial). (The search page does not allow you to use the “Name of Filer” field to search on your first and last name, so make sure you use the “Search Full Text” field.)

- Click the "Search" button at the bottom of the web page.
    
- If results appear, click on any comment that uses your name, and when the comment appears review the name, the address, and the comment text.  (If no results appear, your identity most likely was not misused.)

If any comment you review uses your name in combination with your current or past address without your permission, locate the ID number on the upper left of the comment page and fill out the form at ag.ny.gov/fakecomments.

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