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Broadband providers reaffirm privacy policies amid FCC rules flap
The bill will allow broadband providers to continue to share customers’ web browsing history and other personal data with marketers without first getting permission.
“We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history,” Gerard Lewis, Comcast’s deputy general counsel, wrote.
The broadband providers, weighing into the heated issue on customers’ privacy and data collection, all said Friday they’ve never collected and sold customer data, unless explicitly allowed to do so by a customer.
That policy expressly states that AT&T “will not sell your personal information to anyone, for any purpose.
The FCC, under former President Barack Obama, in October enacted rules that required broadband providers to get their customers’ consent before they could share “sensitive” information about them with marketers and other third parties.
The commissioners of the FTC and FCC are worried about your online privacy
referring to Last year’s election was fought over many issues; removing privacy protections from American consumers was not one of them.
The FCC no longer will be able to protect consumer privacy and, because of arcane restraints on its jurisdiction, the FTC will be unable to pick up the slack.
Two Commissioners from different agencies teamed up to write this op-ed because both the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have a role in protecting consumer privacy.
[I]f the legislation approved by Congress becomes law, there will be no privacy rules governing broadband providers.
What people may not realize, moreover, is that if the legislation approved by Congress becomes law, there will be no privacy rules governing broadband providers.