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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. Mr. Hutchins started his legal career in Cheyenne, Wyoming as a law clerk for the district court judges. Mr. Hutchins then entered private practice with a Wyoming based litigation and business law firm. Later, Mr. Hutchins went to Alaska, where he was the chief litigator for a firm that engaged in bond law, corporate law, securities law, and municipal law. The State of Wyoming hired Mr. Hutchins from Alaska to represent the State of Wyoming in the national tobacco arbitration and act as its tobacco settlement attorney. While in that position, as a hobby, he developed an enforcement unit for consumer protection for Wyoming residents. Mr. Hutchins moved to Colorado in 2016 and founded Harmony Law, LLC. Harmony Law is primarily engaged in civil litigation. It is also a general practice firm in the areas of business law, estate planning, consumer law and family law. Harmony Law is active in all state and federal courts throughout Wyoming and Colorado.

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