Congress Votes To Repeal Recent FCC Rule Limiting Third Party Use Of Personal Internet Usage Data
In December 2016 The Federal Communications Commission adopted a rule expanding “privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) and other telecommunications services. In adopting these rules the Commission implements the statutory requirement that telecommunications carriers protect the confidentiality [and security] of customer proprietary information.”
On March 28 2017 congress approved a resolution repealing this rule.
This data will likely primarily be used for advertising purposes: “By collecting the data from users, companies such as AT&T or Verizon will be able to target advertisements better to users, much as Google or Facebook already do” (hence why we receive very relevant advertisements when we use certain services and programs).
It should be noted that “internet providers have actually been able to sell your web browsing data forever… they were about to lose permission to keep doing it, unless they got explicit consent or anonymized the info.”