President Trump officially signs resolution to overturn FCC Internet privacy rules
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 21:52
The FCC, on a straight Democratic vote including Clyburn's, concluded last fall that there is a qualitative difference between the edge and ISPs because Web surfers can choose not to go to Web sites and use search engines depending on their privacy protections, while many do not have a choice in ISPs.
The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location.
Verizon also will do the same.
This argument is flawed as the ISPs and tech companies have two very distinct jobs. In fact, we have committed not to share our customers' sensitive information (such as banking, children's, and health information), unless we first obtain their affirmative, opt-in consent. What they can and are free to do is sell non-personally identifiable information, or large amounts of aggregated data that has had names and other specific identifiers removed.
The vote was a win for all the ISP's.
Since the House vote last week, there has been renewed interest in online privacy and USA web users have been searching for ways to keep their browsing habits away from prying eyes.
Privacy activists, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the American Civil Liberties Union, launched a last-ditch effort to persuade Trump to veto the measure, but the White House had already said last week that the president favored it. Websites do not need the same affirmative consent. Industry analysts said Tuesday that the FCC is also poised to deregulate the $40-billion-a-year industry for data connections used by hospitals, universities and ATMs. While the nightmare scenario of individually identifiable browser histories getting sold is unlikely to come to pass, spiking these regulations very much gives internet providers more leeway when using your data to target ads. AT&T clearly said it would not sell your personal information to anyone, for any goal. "Period" and that it would not change those policies should the bill be signed into law. Such practice is not new.
Verizon does not sell the personal web browsing history of our customers. With lighter regulation, service providers are expected to charge you for your access to the internet, then sell your data without giving you anything in return.