Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rule
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 18:03
That is not to say, however, that Comcast has anything against this week's controversial legislation. "The law will soon be tilted in their favor to do it".
But on Friday Comcast published a statement on its corporate blog, vowing never to sell customers' sensitive personal data, like names and addresses, without explicit permission. We value the trust our customers have in us so protecting the privacy of customer information is a core priority for us. "I'm very comfortable with having these rules removed".
As with his first reassurance, there's a caveat here: Mainly, this only applies to select categories of information deemed "sensitive".
One crucial distinction between "sensitive" and "non-sensitive" information has to do with consent.
What those posts leave out, is how that information, once shared, can become a part of what those companies' partners know about you.as a 60 Minutes report detailed in 2014, data brokers can specialize in taking that "non-PII" data and tying it back to a person based on what they know about their location and demographics. He also notes that if the FCC rescinds the previous administration's decision to classify broadband as a Title II communications service, then the FTC will resume regulating consumer broadband privacy as it did before the Title II decision. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission, which initially drafted the protections, would be forbidden from issuing similar rules in the future. That's especially true of Comcast, which remains "America's most hated company".
AT&T's privacy protections are the same today as they were five months ago when the FCC rules were adopted.
Verizon chief privacy officer Karen Zacharia similarly declared, "Verizon does not sell the personal web browsing history of our customers". "We have two programs that use Web browsing data-and neither of these programs involves selling customers' personal Web browsing history".
Reuters reports that representatives from Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T all came out today to assure anxious consumers that the companies will not in fact sell customers' browsing histories to the highest bidder. "It's used for direct targeting by the ISP and is supplemented by brand and other digital media data", he said. "Period." In a blog post Friday, AT&T said it would not change those policies after Trump signs the repeal.Websites and internet service providers do use and sell aggregated customer data to advertisers. On the flip side, he says that if customers don't want Comcast to send them targeted ads, they have the ability to opt-out. "They should have safeguards instead of pointing to others".
In a letter dated March 30, the four Northwest Democrats along with 42 others defended the public process that led to the FCC rule.
Internet service providers and their lobbyists - the telecommunication companies spread donations liberally on both sides of the aisle - said the regulations were unfair because they did not place the same restriction on companies like Google and Netflix.