The new FCC chair has suspended some new rules scheduled to go into effect regarding ISPs, this is not good.
The rules would’ve required internet service providers to notify consumers about the collection and use of their data and required opt-in consent before using or sharing what the FCC considers sensitive information. That’s stuff like Social Security numbers, data associated with kids, health and financial info, email content, location data, internet history and app-usage data.
It seems like it should be a basic right to know what’s being collected about you, how it’s shared, and to have a chance to opt out. But no, leading ad groups have said that Wheeler’s protections would chill innovation.
So now if Verizon or Comcast want to share with their partners that you’ve visited websites about diabetes or pregnancy tests, the companies are freer than ever to do so. Former FCC enforcement chief Travis LeBlanc cautioned the press earlier this month that if Pai got rid of these protections, “then consumers will have nothing.”
Basically, we seem to be on our own to protect our data. I would argue that would encourage the use of Tor and various other privacy-related applications, but then these same folks would accuse us of being terrorists because of our demand for secrecy. Sigh….