Important, clear background on the FCC privacy rules repeal

My good friend, Quinn Norton, rightly in the midst of coverage of the Senate vote yesterday searched for some level headed reporting on exactly what the passage of this amendment means. I should have done the same rather than getting swept up in the broader coverage. She recommended this piece by Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica.

The piece is from before the House vote but still very relevant and worth a read. My summation is that little has changed right now, largely because the FCC privacy rules had not yet gone into effect. The real risk is that the way the rules were repealed also prevents the FCC from making any future similar rules. Combined with the 2015 decision of the FCC to re-class ISPs as common carriers leaves little consumer privacy protection. Before that decision, ISPs were subject to privacy rules from the FTC. Those rules were weaker but better than the nothing we had pending the now defunct FCC rules.

How the Senate’s vote to kill privacy rules affects you.

 

Source: How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them | Ars Technica

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