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FCC Approves Contentious New Internet Privacy Rules

FCC Approves Contentious New Internet Privacy Rules

Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:05 PM

The FCC adopted a set of new privacy rules Thursday that require internet providers to get approval from consumers before they use, sell or share their "sensitive" data.

The rules, passed in a 3-2 vote, were vigorously opposed by internet providers, including clauses that allow them to use such data only if consumers "opt-in." Another flashpoint was over just what data falls under the new requirements, as it defines sensitive data to include browsing and app usage.

Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly opposed the move. O'Rielly even concluded that the FCC lacked authority to adopt the rules.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler called the criticisms "Halloween style scares and hypotheses."

"What this item does is to say that the consumer has the right to make a decision about how her or his information is used," he said.

He said that what the FCC was doing was a "common sense step to move forward to protect internet privacy."

"Before today there were no protections," he said, adding that they were extending to the internet the same concepts that they have extended to the telephone network.

Another issue is in the scope of the rules. Opponents, including Pai and O'Rielly, said that it saddles ISPs with a set of more onerous rules than those imposed on the industry by the Federal Trade Commission. They have considered sensitive data with a narrower definition, including thing like health and financial information.

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The FCC adopted a set of new privacy rules Thursday that require internet providers to get approval from consumers before they use, sell or share their sensitive data. The rules, passed in a 3-2 vote, were vigorously opposed by internet providers, including clauses that...
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