Thursday March 23, 2017

Senate Votes to Kill FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

It looks like ISPs have been given the green light to sell your browsing history without permission. The Senate has voted to roll back the FCC’s five-month-old decision to require customer approval before sharing web-browsing history, geolocation, financial details, and other sensitive information with third parties. Some say that "Americans will become victims of massive ongoing surveillance from their ISPs."

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آ…critics of the rules say they are expensive to ISPs and subject them to tough privacy regulations not imposed on web-based companies like Google and Facebook. The FCC's sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission, can bring privacy complaints against web-based companies that aren't ISPs, but the FTC doesn't create privacy regulations, instead typically taking action on a case-by-case basis when companies violate their own privacy promises.