Sunday, March 13, 2016

FCC stays the course on regulating telecomm providers and their use of consumer PII

The New York Times has summarized the latest FCC actions with respect to consumer privacy from snooping by telecomm companies in an editorial Sunday here.

The comment period runs through March 31, for rules that should go into effect before the election.

Telecomm companies would be allowed to collect information from subscribers to offer deals only with permission.  The companies say the rules are unnecessary because critical consumer communications are encrypted.  The FCC says that the regulations would be the same as they have been for phone companies in the past.
Service providers are not held to this requirement because they are in the business of actually managing content.  Telecomms could enjoy the same privileges (including Section 230 and DMCA Safe Harbor) only by forming independent subsidiaries to manage content.

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