Back in October of 2016, the FCC adopted new rules that regulate Internet Service Providers.
The most popular part of the new FCC rules was the required customer opt-in for any third-party data sharing to occur.
It required the explicit consent of customers before sharing or selling any of the following information:
* Social Security numbers
* Web browsing history
* Geo-location data
* Financial and health information
* Children's information
* App usage history
* Content of communications
But sadly, Republicans want to take that away too. Specifically, this guy, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. His last name makes me think he's unreliable.
Senator Flake says that the FCC's regulations are "unnecessary," "confusing," and "innovation-stifling."
The worst part is that if actually passes, it'll be hard to fix.
But people are fighting. Nonprofits like the ACLU, the EFF, and others in the privacy community are speaking out against the congressional changes.
Steve Kilar with the Arizona ACLU is concerned. “Action with congressional approval would prevent the FCC from ever again passing substantially similar rules to protect consumer privacy," Kilar said. "That's essentially a scorched-earth tactic."
While general counselor for the ACLU, Neema Singh Guliani, criticized the rule-reversal for what it is: a money-grab at the expense of Americans. “With this move, Congress is essentially allowing companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to sell consumers’ private information to the highest bidder.”
Still, there are steps you can take to keep your private data safe from being sold.
Electors are put into power to represent and act in the best interest of the people.
That means there is no discernible reason why they should want to dismantle privacy rules that protect consumers. Period.
Contact your local representative and demand they not repeal the current FCC rules. Without them, ISPs don't have to tell you when your information has been breached.