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FCC Issues Proposed Consumer Internet Privacy Rule

March 11, 2016

On March 10, the Federal Communications Commission released a proposed regulation regarding consumer choice, transparency and security with respect to their Internet Service Provider (ISP) data. The FCC is expected to vote to open the proposal for public comment at its meeting on March 31. 

The rules would require broadband and wireless service providers to clearly disclose how personal consumer data is collected, how it's shared with third parties, and how it's used by these outside firms. The rules would also require that customers actively choose to participate in the program rather than be automatically enrolled. It also calls for broadband and wireless companies to strengthen security practices of customer data.

NAR will provide comments to the FCC once the proposal is adopted later this month.