Security Pros Give Their Opinions on ISP Data Privacy Rollback

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Concerns About Profit Over Privacy

"The fact that the U.S. Congress voted to repeal these internet regulations and the President moved forward with signing the resolution into law is extremely concerning. Even more concerning is that by lobbying for this change, internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies have demonstrated that they put profit over their customers’ wellbeing and security. Legislation like this changes consumers from ISP customers into ISP products. The amount of vast personal data ISPs and other companies will be able to collect will create a huge honey pot for any adversary wishing to obtain information on innocent Americans."

Jacob Ginsberg, Senior Director with Echoworx

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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