The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation of a privacy rule that requires ISPs to protect the security of its customers’ personal information.
The data security rule is part of a broader privacy rulemaking implemented under former Chairman Tom Wheeler but opposed by the FCC’s new Republican majority. The privacy order’s data security obligations are scheduled to take effect on March 2, but Chairman Ajit Pai wants to prevent that from happening.
The data security rule requires ISPs and phone companies to take “reasonable” steps to protect customers’ information—such as Social Security numbers, financial and health information, and Web browsing data—from theft and data breaches.
The ramifications of this are pretty significant as it will allow ISPs to be able to collect and sell ALL information about what you look at on the Internet. The ISPs know pretty much EVERYTHING that you do on the Internet because they are the ones that provide your Internet connection so this is not good for privacy.