Security Pros Give Their Opinions on ISP Data Privacy Rollback

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Who Ends Up Paying to Mine that Data

"To be honest, it’s not good if the ISPs can actually put a Big Data architecture in place that would be able to take advantage of the information they are now going to have open season on. And this is about the only saving grace. The volume of data is going to be huge and the cost of mining through it is likely to be extraordinarily large. However, If they sell access to the data (to pharmaceutical or industry to do direct targeted ads/marketing), then they take the burden off themselves."

Chris Roberts, chief security architect at Acalvio

Privacy rights took a hit when Congress and President Trump decided to roll back rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the end of the Obama administration regarding online data collection. As Carl Weinschenk wrote:

Among other things, they mandate that consumers give their permission ("opt in") for their location, browsing history and perhaps other data to be shared …

IT staff, organization leaders, and the average citizen have all expressed levels of concern over this about-face in regard to ISP privacy. Now security professionals are chiming in with their opinions on how this decision will affect cybersecurity for consumers, for businesses, and for global relationships. Here’s what they had to say.

 
 
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