The federal government can’t seem to make up it’s mind about privacy. First they wanted Apple to create a backdoor to some iPhones, which could open up a disastrous can of worms, but now they seem to be very concerned about the privacy of internet users, which is a good thing. The Federal Communication Commission is prepping some strict new rules that would make it a big no-no for internet service providers to share your browsing information with third parties for most purposes. These include things like advertising, or selling information to data brokers who then sell the information to others for the purposes of marketing or market research.
These would be the most strict laws on the book so far for the internet, since up until now the FCC has simply gone after those they have caught performing unsavory behaviors, instead of setting a precedent of what is good behavior. With these new rules, customers will actually have to opt-in to have their browsing information shared, instead of just accepting it as part of the terms and conditions, which no one really reads anyways. Right now, some companies like AT&T have options where consumers can pay extra to have the privilege of private browsing, but the FCC is making clear that they do not believe that privacy is a privilege because under the new rules, such a program would be frowned upon.
It seems that after the initial outcry against the FCC in the early days of discovering net neutrality, they have wised up to realize what people really want: an internet that is free and and fair to access at a good price, with reasonable expectations of privacy intact.
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