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FCC approves ISP privacy rules

telecom | 10/27/2016 5:38 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a proposed set of new rules Internet service providers (ISPs) must follow when handling customer information. In a Thursday press release, the United States telecom regulator said it is adopting rules that “ensure broadband customers have meaningful choice, greater transparency and strong security protections for their personal information collected by ISPs.” Among the new requirements are that ISPs must require opt-in consent from customers to share data such as precise geo-location, web browsing history and app usage history.  In response to the approval, U.S. think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) issued a press release expressing disappointment in the FCC’s vote.  “The privacy framework established...

E.U. issues final guidelines on net neutrality rule implementation

telecom | 08/30/2016 9:38 pm EDT

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has put out guidelines that clarify its rules on net neutrality, including zero-rating. The guidelines will serve as guidance to regulatory authorities in the implementation of the E.U.’s net neutrality rules, approved last year, BEREC said in a press release. “Specifically, this includes the obligations to closely monitor and ensure compliance with the rules to safeguard equal and...