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ISPs may soon be allowed to collect user data without permission

The United States House and Senate have voted to reverse rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to receive consumers’ permission before using certain sensitive data they obtain. The resolution, S.J. 34, reverses broadband privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year that protect user data like browsing history from being unknowingly obtained by ISPs. It passed Congress Tuesday and now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump. Proposed by Republican Senators led by Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), the bill caused heated debate on in the Senate floor. “How can this happen? What are the rules? Is there going to be any ... Read More

FCC To Take Aim At Forced-Arbitration In Coming Weeks

Federal telecom regulators took a big pro-consumer stride Thursday by approving new rules that could significantly limit the ability of cable and phone companies to farm their customers’ personal data while vowing to proceed with further legislative action in February that takes aim at “mandatory arbitration” clauses in customer agreements. Currently, Internet service providers (ISPs) have free reign over most sensitive customer data. Telecom companies can gather information about customers’ finances, health, children, geolocation, social security numbers, web browsing history, application usage, and much more. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new rules establish clear and enforceable policies about how companies ... Read More