FCC's Eased Privacy Plan Still Divides Internet Ecosystem

By Jenna Ebersole (October 11, 2016, 8:44 PM EDT) -- In its latest broadband privacy proposal, the Federal Communications Commission has moved toward an approach based on the sensitivity of customer data rather than on how it's used, but experts worry that the revised plan continues to subject ISPs to more stringent regulation than other players face. 

The revisions, rolled out on Oct. 6 and slated for an Oct. 27 vote, incorporate feedback from the government's chief consumer privacy regulator, the Federal Trade Commission. They're the culmination of the FCC's efforts to apply the Communications Act's privacy requirements to broadband service providers after reclassifying them as common carriers, which are largely...

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