* FCC has cut back regulations meant to protect consumers’ privacy
* New chairman believes cybersecurity is not the FCC’s problem
* Other potential privacy measures could soon be lifted
The Federal Communications Commission is coming for your privacy. Ajit Pai, the FCC’s new chairman, has taken drastic steps to halt regulations that were meant to protect your privacy. Indefinitely.
The new chairman believes these regulations, which would require ISPs like AT&T to notify and ask permission before they collected and inevitably shared your browsing information, are too strict.
Deregulating the rules recently imposed on ISPs (internet service providers) opens the floodgates to a host of potential problems. Your ISP has complete control over the sites and services you use. By allowing them to profit off of your browsing habits, the FCC is essentially waiving your consumer protections rights.
While some may not think this is that big of a deal, think of this: if an insurance company has access to sites you’re looking at, they can effectively use your search inquiries in their process to accept or deny coverage. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
While the future is still uncertain, it looks like companies may also be given fewer restrictions when it comes to inserting ads into your network. They also wouldn’t be required to notify you if a breach took place, which means your passwords, credit cards or other sensitive information could be stolen without you even knowing.
Pai has previously said that regulations should be created only when there is proof of harmful activity. The technology regulations were first created during the Obama administration. The measure to rollback these regulations passed in a 50-to-48 vote last week in the Senate. The House is expected to mirror the Senate’s action next week.