Rep Blackburn bill would extend privacy rules to Google & Facebook

Source: Axios
Author: David McCabe
Coverage Type: reporting
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

House Communications Subcommittee Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a bill that would apply privacy rules to internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast and web companies such as Google and Facebook. The bill would require the companies to get their users' permission before sharing their sensitive information, including web-browsing history, with advertisers.

Chairman Blackburn's proposal differs from the FCC's rules (which she voted to overturn) in two important ways: 1) The legislation would also apply to web companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Snap — known as "edge providers" — which were not subject to the FCC's rules. 2) The Federal Trade Commission (as opposed to the FCC) would be the enforcer of the rules. They would require internet providers and the web firms to make users opt-in to the sharing of "sensitive information" such as the content of communications, "precise" location data and web-browsing and app-usage history, with some exceptions.


This rule sounds decent in addressing everyone online. The rule/Act will be overturned for edge services providers by U.S. Courts as an interference with business. Edge provider privacy requirements are already under the F.T.C.

CurtisNeeley on May 19, 2017 - 2:58pm.


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