FCC approves new privacy rules

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules. Under the new regulation the operators will need to ask oermission from the customers to use some data lukeweb brwsing and app usage.
The Chairman of FCC Tom Wheeler published a statement on the web site of the regulator. See below some important excerpts.

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“Seldom do we stop to realize that our Internet Service Provider – or ISP – is collecting information about us every time we go online. Your ISP handles all of your network traffic. That means it has a broad view of all of your unencrypted online activity – when you are online, the websites you visit, and the apps you use. If you have a mobile device, your provider can track your physical location throughout the day in real time. Even when data is encrypted, your broadband provider can piece together significant amounts of information about you – including private information such as a chronic medical condition or financial problems – based on your online activity.
The problem is, there are currently no rules in place outlining how ISPs may use and share their customers’ personal information. “

“FCC regulations limit how your phone company can repurpose and resell what it learns about your phone activity without your consent. Similar rules don’t exist for broadband service today. That’s a gap that must be closed – consumers who use the network of the 21st century deserve similar protections.”

“Under the proposed rules, an ISP would be required to notify consumers about what types of information they are collecting, specify how and for what purposes that information can be used and shared, and identify the types of entities with which the ISP shares the information.

In addition, ISPs would be required to obtain affirmative “opt-in” consent before using or sharing sensitive information. Information that would be considered “sensitive” includes geo-location information, children’s information, health information, financial information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history, and the content of communications such as the text of emails. All other individually identifiable information would be considered non-sensitive, and the use and sharing of that information would be subject to opt-out consent.”

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