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FCC blocked stricter privacy rules for ISPs that were going into effect today

By Jos ยท 6 replies
Mar 2, 2017
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  1. Last year, Federal regulators approved rules that would curb the ability of Internet service providers to collect data about users — including app usage, browsing history, mobile location data and more. ISPs lobbied against these rules claiming they would deny broadband providers the same opportunity Internet companies have to participate in the digital advertising market. But then FCC chairman Tom Wheeler argued that users can simply choose not to use a website if they don’t agree with their privacy practices.

    These rules would have come into effect on Thursday but the new FCC administration has stayed the regulation at the last minute. The reason, according to new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, is to "provide time for the FCC to work with the (Federal Trade Commission) to create a comprehensive and consistent framework for protecting Americans’ online privacy.”

    This "comprehensive and consistent" privacy framework would encompass both ISPs and “edge providers” — meaning websites and apps that provide online content but not internet service. In other words, Pai agrees that should not distinguish between data collected by ISPs and websites.

    The question in when these harmonious privacy guidelines will come into effect given the FCC chairman’s known stance against regulation. Michelle de Mooy, director of the Privacy and Data project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, argues the decision is less about the distinction between FTC and FCC regulation and more about not wanting ISPs to be regulated at all.

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn opposed the move. “The same agency that should be the 'cop on the beat' when it comes to ensuring appropriate consumer protections is leaving broadband customers without assurances that their providers will keep their data secure," she said in a statement.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,219   +1,657

    Pai.... just STAHP!!!
    MonsterZero likes this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,534   +3,914

    Let's just hope they boot this clown like the did the last one and will soon have to do with the new attorney general. Sadly, Trump has some really good people, but it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the entire barrel!
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    This Pai baboon sounds like a real chump to me. I wonder who's pocket he's in...
    MonsterZero and Reehahs like this.
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,111   +1,213

    Poor man.. perhaps he has overlooked the essential problem - ISPs have ALL your traffic - even Google doesn't have that.
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 572   +327

    Sigh, time to start using a VPN client to surf the web again.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,076   +4,083

    Doesn't everybody now? :confused:

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