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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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Though the FCC's privacy protections are much less than Chairman Wheeler originally proposed and are much less than what users of broadband services should be legally entitled to, Chairman Wheeler apparently got the best compromise to protect our privacy that he could achieve, once one of his Democratic colleagues abandoned his original efforts, and I thank him for what he has achieve with this new rule.

But, the rule should be stronger in that it covers all of our activity on the Internet, with opt-in requirements for ISPs to be able to use any of that information, except for what is necessary and reasonable to provide the broadband service. And the complaints of AT&T, Google, and Comcast and their ilk’s complaints have merit only to this extent: While the FCC is right to protect our privacy and should have gone much further in doing so, those protections are incomplete and will remains so, until the Congress authorizes, to the extent that such authority is currently lacking, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to impose at least similar requirements of websites, apps, and devices.

Indeed, we are rapidly moving into a new age, where private firms have become a much greater threat to our privacy than any but the most tyrannical governments, so that not only do we wonder:

"Who would have ever imagined that what you have in your refrigerator would be information available to AT&T, Comcast, or whoever your network provider is?"

We must initially ask why our refrigerators or any other devices that hasn't traditionally had them even have the radios and/or modems to even be on any wired or wireless network, much less be sharing information with anyone on such a network? That's the threshold question.

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