FCC halts internet privacy requirements2017-03-02 15:14 by Daniela
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to prevent the Internet privacy rules passed five months ago from fully taking effect. The rules, which were to take effect on Thursday, required high-speed internet providers like AT&T and Comcast to secure their customers' data against hacking and other unauthorized uses.
The rules were part of a bigger set of privacy regulation, approved by the FCC in October, that's supposed to protect consumers' sensitive personal information online. After a 2-to-1, party-line vote by the Republican-led commission, Ajit Pai, the chairman, announced that the rules would be temporarily stayed.
"After all, Americans care about the overall privacy of their information when they use the internet, and they shouldn't have to be lawyers or engineers to figure out if their information is protected differently depending on which part of the internet holds it," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen in a joint statement. "The federal government shouldn't favor one set of companies over another," they added.
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