U.S. FCC proposes stricter privacy rules for Internet service providers

“You should be able to decide what data your broadband or wireless provider shares with marketers,” Marguerite Reardon reports for CNET. “Period.”

“That’s the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with a proposed regulation intended to safeguard private customer information and to require broadband and wireless companies to get consumers’ permission before sharing data with third parties such as marketers,” Reardon reports. “Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated his proposal among the other four FCC commissioners on Thursday. He expects the entire FCC to vote to open the proposal for public comment at its meeting on March 31. Actual rules would likely be voted on later this year after the comment period ends.”

“If approved, Wheeler’s proposal would establish the strongest set of privacy regulations that has ever been in place for Internet service providers. The proposed broadband and wireless rules, which would give you more control of your data, are in line with cable TV and voice telephony services, which the FCC already regulates,” Reardon reports. “Wheeler’s move comes amid heightened concern over personal privacy, due in part to the ongoing fight between Apple and the FBI over whether the government has the right to compel a company to create a “back door” into our devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, of course, you should be able to decide what data your ISP shares with marketers.


  1. Isn’t that nice. The government wants to protect your privacy from marketers, but they want you to have no privacy from the government themselves.

    The irony is that private companies probably do a better job of protecting your data than government. Therefore, if government has complete access to your info, everyone will have complete access to your info.

  2. I just got Google Fiber installed so I probably have nothing to worry about them harvesting all my personal data right??

    Sarcasm aside, my gigabit fiber Internet is crazy fast.

    1. Nah, you don’t have too much to worry about with Google as your ISP. Except for this:

      If you’re using Google services you should know that:

      — When you perform a search using Google, the text string of your query as well as the URLs you subsequently click are recorded. All of them. Every. Single. Time.

      — If you have any non-Gmail email account (including your own domain-based email account), are you aware what happens when you reply to anyone who sends an email message to you from their Gmail account? That’s right, the text in the originating message as well as the text in YOUR message are auto-scanned and analyzed upon passing through the Gmail servers. The results are added to your Google profile that is indexed under your own email address, and then utilized for ad profiling and and any other marketing purposes they see fit to use.

      — Contacts stored in a Gmail account are used for profiling and association with other Google-indexed accounts (including non-Gmail accounts).

      — The videos you watch on YouTube are also added to your profile.

      — The photos you upload to Google Photos absolutely do have facial recognition applied, with the results being cross-referenced with your Google profile and other Google profiles. In other words, they know who know.

      — Let’s be clear: Even if you don’t have a Gmail account, you have a Google profile from using Google search, watching YouTube, or exchanging an email with someone who uses a Gmail account. And this is linked with every single website you visit that has ads, because those are served and tracked by a variety of Google ad services such as Double-click, etc.

      — All of this information is retained forever by Google.

      None of this is paranoid conspiracy theory; it’s simply the way Google does business. And the overwhelming majority of people worldwide seem to have gladly accepted it.

  3. It seems pretty natural to any reasonable person that a provider should not share your data without permission; however, I bet good money that Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly will vote against this proposal.

  4. FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler consistently surprises me. He was a lobbyist for the scum companies who’ve been trying to kill Net Neutrality. And yet, again, here he is fighting for the rights of We The People. Amazing. Another great proposal.

  5. “U.S. FCC proposes stricter privacy rules for Internet service providers”

    Because only the government should be able to snoop on your private lives. /s

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