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FCC sets ISP privacy rules

The FCC in the US has proposed a set of privacy rules for internet service providers that would significantly curb the ability of companies such as Comcast and Verizon to share data about their customers’ online activities with advertisers without permission from users, reports the New York Times. “In the proposal the agency’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, called for broadband service providers to disclose clearly how data may be collected about users’ online browsing and other activities. The plan also called for the companies to bolster the security of customer data.” If approved, this would for the first time establish privacy rules for the companies that manage the traffic of the web and would create some of the strongest privacy regulations for any segment of the technology and telecoms industries, notes the newspaper. The proposals “represent the first major regulatory action involving broadband providers after the FCC’s declaration last year that high-speed internet carriers should be treated like utilities”. See http://nyti.ms/1V3P3e2 and http://fcc.us/1P6L60N
Meanwhile ratings agency Moody’s says that internet providers could be “severely handicapped” by the privacy proposal in their ability to compete with digital advertisers such as Facebook and Google. http://reut.rs/1PcfWoH

  • Monday, 21 March 2016

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