John Simmons, director of the Watchdog Consumer Privacy Program declared that the laws that deal with user data are not clear. The FCC is asked to protect broadband security because the internet providers are in possession of sensitive data that must be defined in clearer terms by the law.
Everybody, or almost everybody is connected in one way or another to the internet. That means that they have an internet subscription to a company that has the person’s personal data stored. All of the internet and telephone service companies have millions of files that are made up of private data that belongs to the users.
What the Watchdog Consumer Privacy Program wants is to urge the FCC to set new, clearer laws on how this sensible information is managed by the companies. There should be a law that states what the providers can and can’t do with all the data that they store. The people should know if their personal information could be shared at a point, or used in a project, or consulted by any third party.
The potential threats that could come to the users are, among others, the possibility of being under surveillance by a third party, discriminatory practices or even identity theft.
Simmons adds that if the protection measures are increased, people will have more confidence in the internet environment and thus use it more, increasing the number of subscribers to the broadband companies services.
In order to help the FCC understand their demands, the groups that initiated the letter that urges it to change the laws on internet privacy made up a list of rules that should be applied to the broadband service providers. According to them the companies should:
- Make sure that the customers are protected from an eventual data collection, which the broadband services provider will not share any information without the previous affirmative consent of the consumer, and the provider will not use the personal data collected from the user on any other purposes apart access to the Internet.
- Make sure that the data in their possession is secured and take assume responsibility for any breach of users privacy, also, in the case of a leak of information, the customer must be given notice.
- Clearly disclose to the users their practices of data collection and allow the subscriber to ascertain the party to whom their information is disclosed.
The FCC is asked to protect broadband privacy and this matter should be brought more to the public’s attention because the subject is vital.
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