April 1, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted yesterday to propose new privacy rules for broadband Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) a mere three weeks after Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed them. The proposed privacy rules, which are intended to give customers more control over their personal data, will now be released for public comment. Currently, no enforceable privacy rules exist for broadband networks.

Adoption of the Proposed Rulemaking did not go without a fight, as the final vote was a 3-2 split. Opponents to the rules argued that the regulations only target ISPs, and fail to reach social networks and other online services. Proponents of the proposed rules argued that ISPs can collect and piece together a wealth of information on customers, including private information.

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