FCC Releases New ISP Data-Sharing Rules

The FCC instituted new rules on October 27 that will require internet service providers (ISPs) to give consumers three tiers of consent for data sharing. The three tiers are opt-in, opt-out, and inferred, and apply to different types of data. This broad set of regulations is the first time the FCC asserted such authority over data sharing by ISPs.

Opt-in data includes sensitive information such as social security numbers, financial details, location, internet browsing history, and message content. For non-sensitive data, such as email addresses, ISPs must provide consumers with the option to opt-out of data collection.

ISPs must also provide their customers with information on the data they are collecting, who it might be shared with, and when there is a data breech. The aim of this regulation is to give consumers more control over their private data.

To read the FCC’s new rules, go to https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-broadband-consumer-privacy-rules.

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Ashton DeLano is a junior at the George Washington University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science. He intends to cover developments in the health and energy sectors and the impact of new technologies on the consumer.

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