Profile image
By Electronic Frontier Foundation (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 13:42
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

Your Internet browsing just got a whole lot less secure.

Newly minted Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai just granted the telecom industry its wish: he has blocked new requirements that Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast apply common sense security practices to protect your private data. By suspending the FCC’s proposed data security rules for ISPs, Pai is pitting Internet users against the very companies we trust to get us online. And the ISPs will continue to win—unless we fight back.

Internet users won a significant victory last year when the FCC issued its Broadband Privacy Rules. As part of these rules, ISPs would be required to protect their customers’ sensitive information. For instance, ISPs would need to take reasonable steps to protect Social Security numbers, financial information, health information, and Web browsing data against hackers. In the wake of major ISPs like Comcast suffering huge data breaches, this would clearly be sound policy—but Chairman Pai apparently disagrees. And of course, ISPs are gleeful about his decision because they’d prefer not to be scrutinized when they fail to properly protect your data.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the worst of it.

Republicans in Congress are planning a much bigger assault on the Internet, by making it illegal for the FCC to protect consumer privacy online. With heavy support from the cable and telephone industry, they are hoping to use a rare and far reaching tool known as a Congressional Review Act resolution, which would not only completely eliminate all of the FCC’s broadband privacy rules (not just the data security rule), it would prohibit the FCC from ever enacting any “substantially similar” privacy rules in the future. Because of the current regulatory landscape, the Federal Trade Commission is also barred from policing ISPs, leaving no federal cop on the beat to protect consumer privacy in this space.

In other words, ISPs would have carte blanche when it comes to rifling through, sharing, and selling your private data.

We need to act now to stop Pai and the ISP lobbyists in DC from dismantling these important privacy protections. The good news is we’ve done it before: by speaking out, Internet users all over the country sent a clear message to DC that we value net neutrality and privacy. Now we can do it again.

Tell your representatives in Congress that you will not accept their efforts to undermine your online privacy rights and that you expect the FCC to uphold its consumer privacy protections.

Share this: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Diaspora Join EFF


Source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/02/new-fcc-chairman-begins-attacks-internet-privacy

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

 

Top Global

 

Top Alternative

 

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.