FCC to Halt Rule That Protects Your Private Data from Security Breaches

Posted by Megalith 11:30 AM (CST)

Saturday February 25, 2017

The FCC may be making it easier for your data to fall into the wrong hands or used for financial gain. The previous chairman approved a rule that made it mandatory for a provider to ask for permission before collecting data on your browsing habits, app usage, and location or financial information, but the new guy is rolling that back. Pai insists that the decision is being made for the purpose of consistency, as the rule was specific to broadband providers and not every other player in the digital economy.

The data security rule requires ISPs and phone companies to take "reasonable" steps to protect customers' informationآ—such as Social Security numbers, financial and health information, and Web browsing dataآ—from theft and data breaches. "Chairman Pai is seeking to act on a request to stay this rule before it takes effect on March 2," an FCC spokesperson said in a statement to Ars. The rule would be blocked even if a majority of commissioners supported keeping them in place, because the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau can make the decision on its own.