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US privacy proposal up for a vote

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on 27 October on a revised proposal for rules to safeguard privacy of broadband users, reports Reuters. “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's initial proposal came under harsh criticism from internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, because it subjected them to more stringent rules than websites like Facebook, Twitter or Google, which are overseen by Federal Trade Commission rules.” Providers had especially objected to sweeping ‘opt in’ requirements under the initial proposal for using nearly all consumer data. Under the new proposal, providers must only get ‘opt in’ or affirmative consent for sensitive data like health, finances, web browsing history, child data, and social security numbers. But it allows other data to be used with ‘opt out’ or implied consent for marketing purposes. FCC officials said the new rules are more in line with FTC privacy rules for websites. Read more

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