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.