"Ultimately we also need privacy regulations covering so-called 'edge providers' like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter," said Simpson. "Nonetheless the FCC's proposed broadband privacy regulations are critical step in the right direction."
Under Wheeler's proposed regulations, circulated to FCC commissioners today and scheduled for a vote at the Commission's Oct. 27 meeting, ISPs would be required to obtain a consumer's opt-in permission before "sensitive" data could be used for advertising or shared with third parties for other purposes. Traditionally the Federal Trade Commission, which until recently had jurisdiction over ISPs, has considered only such categories as financial, health and precise location data to be sensitive.
However, Wheeler's privacy proposal relies on a much broader definition of sensitive data that includes content, web browsing history and app usage. Consumer Watchdog and other privacy advocates have argued that there should be no distinction between "sensitive" and "non-sensitive" information, because it would be difficult to administer and would not fully protect consumers. Moreover, what is sensitive can depend on the context.
Read a factsheet about the proposed FCC rules here: https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1006/DOC-341633A1.pdf
"If the 'sensitive/non-sensitive' distinction remains in the new privacy regulations approved by the Commission, we will work with the FCC to support the broadest, most robust and meaningful understanding of what 'sensitive' information is," said Simpson. "We will support further refinement and vigorous enforcement of this rule to ensure consumers are protected."
When, as part of its net neutrality order, the FCC reclassified broadband access providers as common carriers, jurisdiction for privacy enforcement over ISPs moved to that agency. Privacy enforcement for edge providers, like Google and Facebook, remains with the FTC under its Section 5 authority. The FCC rules should provide much stronger protection for consumers than the FTC was able to do, Consumer Watchdog said, because specific practices will be forbidden. The FTC could act only when an ISP pledged to do one thing, but did something else.
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SOURCE Consumer Watchdog