Internet Privacy Rule Repealed

The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to repeal Obama-era privacy regulation for Internet Service Providers (ISP), which was adopted by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on last October.  On March 07, 2017, Senator Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona proposed S.J. Res. 34, a resolution, relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

The rules that the Federal Communications Commission adopted were based on public comments applying the privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, amended, to broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) and other telecommunications services.   The rules required telecommunications carriers protect the confidentiality of customer proprietary information.

A synopsis of FCC’s rules is below.

This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.” The rule published on December 2, 2016: (1) applies the customer privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services, (2) requires telecommunications carriers to inform customers about rights to opt in or opt out of the use or the sharing of their confidential information, (3) adopts data security and breach notification requirements, (4) prohibits broadband service offerings that are contingent on surrendering privacy rights, and (5) requires disclosures and affirmative consent when a broadband provider offers customers financial incentives in exchange for the provider’s right to use a customer’s confidential information.

Resources

Dunn, Jeff. “House Republicans just voted to let your internet provider sell your browsing history without your permission.” Business Insider,  29 March 2017, http://www.businessinsider.com/house-republicans-kill-fcc-broadband-privacy-rules-2017-3. Web 29, March 2017.

“Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.” Office of the Federal Register,  02 December 2016, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-28006/protecting-the-privacy-of-customers-of-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-services. Web 29, March 2017.

“Summary: S.J. Res. 34— 115th Congress (2017-2018).” 115th Congress, 28 March 2017. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/34. Web 29, March 2017.

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