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FCC Privacy Rules in Jeopardy

Congress is moving against FCC privacy rules

Senators have introduced legislation to repeal the FCC privacy rules.

Legislators in the United States are in the process of reversing privacy rules that were introduced last October and voted on by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The privacy rules in question oblige internet service providers (ISP) to inform users when sharing “sensitive” information about them. This includes browsing history, location, email content and other communications. Voted on at the end of the Obama administration, these rules were supposed to take effect in early 2017.

If these rules are repealed, ISPs will be free to share or sell user data to partners, who can then advertise and serve targeted advertising—all without informing users.

Read more on The Verge.

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How Trump’s Executive Order Affects EU-US Privacy Rights

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What does the Trump Administration mean for the EU-US Privacy Shield?

 

It’s no secret that the Trump administration is causing a big stir in the global, political soup. Initially enacted in July 2016, the EU-US Privacy Shield set out to regulate what data can be shared between businesses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and how that data can be utilized. It is inherently designed so data protection laws can be sustained between European Union member states and the United States.

What is the Privacy Shield?

The Privacy Shield is crucial for both American and European businesses to guarantee citizens of both countries to have protected transfer of data that it is not subject to mass surveillance. The European Commission outlines it in their Citizen’s Guide:

“The Privacy Shield allows your personal data to be transferred from the EU to a company in the United States, provided that the company there processes (e.g. uses, stores and further transfers) your personal data according to a strong set of data protection rules and safeguards. The protection given to your data applies regardless of whether you are an EU citizen or not.”

On January 25th, just a few days into his presidency, Trump signed an Executive Order ensuring that “…privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information.”

The new administration brings up questions concerning privacy and what this means for technology companies based in the US.

Read more on TechCrunch.

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