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New FCC Rule Limits Internet Providers from Selling Customer Data

HeadlineOct 28, 2016

Broadband internet providers will need to ask for permission if they want to sell customers’ private data to third parties, under new rules adopted Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission. Watchdog groups are hailing the move as a major step forward on internet privacy. The media reform group Free Press said, “The companies that carry all of our speech online have no business profiting from all the information they gather without our consent.” The rules do not require internet providers to get clear permission before using private customer data themselves.

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