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 career as a lawyer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. First gaining experience as a law clerk for the district court judges, Mr. Hutchins entered private practice with a Cheyenne firm focused on civil litigation, business law and some general practice law. 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 the broad reach of municipal law. Mr. Hutchins returned to Cheyenne to represent the State of Wyoming in the national tobacco arbitration. While in that position, he developed the consumer protection unit for the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. He led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions in Wyoming and worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado. Mr. Hutchins relocated to Colorado in 2016 and founded Harmony Law. Mr. Hutchins has established Harmony Law in three principal areas of law. First, it is a general practice firm in the areas of business law, estate planning and family law. Secondly, it is a civil litigation firm, practicing law in state and federal courts throughout Wyoming and Colorado. Finally, it is one of the few firms in Wyoming or Colorado that focuses on consumer protection law.


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