Broadband Privacy Rules Now Gone: Senate Votes to Allow ISPs to Collect Information Without Permission



The broadband privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission which restricts internet service providers (ISPs) from collecting all their user’s information, has been voted by the senate to be repealed. This means that ISPs can now collect personal information and sell these to the highest bidder.

For those unaware of the provisions of the FCC’s now-repealed rule, ISPs can now collect and share the following information about each user:

Web browsing history

Precise geo-location

Medical records / Health information

Financial information (e.g. Bank account details)

Social security numbers

App usage history

Communication content (whether public or private)

Supposedly, the broadband privacy rules are created to require ISPs to ask for permission from its users before sharing the said information. However, republican senators lead by Arizona’s Jeff Flake proposed a resolution to repeal the privacy rules. The senate voted for the resolution and, unfortunately for internet users, was approved 50-48 in favor of S.J. 34. This vote removes the privacy rules and prevents similar rules to be enacted in the future.

“If signed by the President, this law would repeal the FCC’s widely-supported broadband privacy framework, and eliminate the requirement that cable and broadband providers offer customers a choice before selling their sensitive, personal information,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny in a joint statement.

Nathan White, Senior Legislative Manager at Access Now, also said “This resolution is a vote for big corporate profits over the rights and civil liberties of average people. The House of Representatives must now stand up for consumers and against the CRA resolution to throw away internet privacy protections.”

ISPs to Collect Information Without Permission



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ISPs to Collect Information Without Permission

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