The FCC issues new consumer privacy rules

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Oct 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued new rules that limit how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use and sell customer data. The FCC's new rules recognize the fact that ISPs are increasingly looking to use and share their customers' personal information for targeted advertising. The rules are based on the premise that customers have a right to control their personal information.

Under the new rules, ISPs will have to obtain “opt-in” consent from customers to use sensitive personal information. Sensitive personal information includes: (a) geo-location data; (b) children's information; (c) health and medical information; (d) financial information; (e) social security numbers; (f) web browsing history; and (g) the content of communications.

Additionally, ISPs will have to provide an "opt-out" option for the use and sharing of non-sensitive information.

It is worthy to mention here that the FCC's new rules do not regulate the information that other web services gather, such as Google and Facebook.

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Clyde Hutchins

Clyde Hutchins is the founder of Harmony Law. Prior to opening Harmony Law, Mr. Hutchins worked in the Wyoming Attorney General's Office for several years where he developed a strong consumer protection enforcement unit. In that position he led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions under the Consumer Protection Act. He worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado, on consumer protection matters. Mr. Hutchins is also a contributing author to Consumer Protection Law Developments, Second Edition. Previous to his work in the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Hutchins was in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska where he was the chief litigator for a firm. Mr. Hutchins represented municipalities on various matters. Mr. Hutchins provided counsel to businesses and investment advisors regarding compliance with securities laws. He was also a bond lawyer and worked on municipal financing matters. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchins practiced civil litigation with a law firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Mr. Hutchins devotes his spare time to his family, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors.


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