The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Wednesday that it is halting a set of privacy rules that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to more responsibly handle customers' sensitive data. Today's vote puts the new rules on hold until the FCC votes on a reconsideration of the rules. This rule is not consistent with the FTC's privacy framework. The stay does not address those rules that became effective earlier this year as well as those that are scheduled to become effective later this year.
Department officials had offered protective measures and other support in a conversation with directors of the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Kelly said in a statement.
The FCC's new chair, Ajit Pai, said that the data security rules are an unfair requirement for internet providers.
"As ITTA said when the previous FCC issued unduly expansive, new consumer privacy rules four months ago, these sector-specific regulations disproportionally disadvantage ISPs vis-à-vis edge providers". A September 2016 Pew Research Center report found that more than nine out of 10 adults (91%) agree or strongly agree consumers have lost control of their personal data and its use. The FTC has a long track record of protecting consumers' privacy and security throughout the Internet ecosystem.
On Wednesday, the FCC voted 2-1 along party lines to issue a temporary stay of a data security regulation just a day ahead of when the rules were slated to go into effect.
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Clyburn notes that while the recent Order alleges significant harm to service providers, there is no proof cited.
"All actors in the online space should be subject to the same rules, enforced by the same agency", Pai said in a joint statement with Acting FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen. "The federal government shouldn't favor one set of companies over another - and certainly not when it comes to a marketplace as dynamic as the Internet".
The Federal Trade Commission has the authority to enforce consumer privacy rules followed by Web sites, apps and other Net destinations.
"These threats have instilled fear and disrupted lives throughout the United States, and Chairman Pai condemns such anti-Semitic acts in the strongest possible terms", the statement said. "This Order is but a proxy for gutting the Commission's duly adopted privacy rules - and it does so with very little finesse", she said. Clyburn said that staying the internet privacy rules opens the door to further reductions in consumer protections.
Pai says "the initial stage of the pilot project was a success" and that the FCC "received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the public". "What it actually does is permit providers to shift the costs for corporate negligence onto private citizens", she wrote.