The last word on Internet and online privacy has yet to be spoken. Fortunately the recent FCC Broadband reclassification will slow the takeover of the Internet by a handful of providers interested only in lining their own pockets. The inherent openness and transparency of Internet technology itself combined with user malaise and ignorance has left individual privacy exposed to vast automated collection systems that are available to legitimate marketing organizations as well as cyber criminals. At present, user gets whatever he gets without much say or control over the consequences until something bad happens.
“Under the statute as it currently stands, a new, FCC-run data privacy regime is arguably necessary, as common carriers by law fall outside the FTC’s jurisdiction. Without some sort of assertion of data privacy authority in connection with the FCC’s broadband reclassification, American consumers would be left without any agency to protect their right to privacy online, at least with respect to the broadband providers responsible for transmitting data to and from end users. Nevertheless, some of the same voices that have criticized Title II more generally have also raised concerns about the FCC using those rules to become the nation’s data privacy regulator.”
Thanks to SNL