The issue of broadband privacy is back – or at least it is in California, where the legislature is due to vote on a bill (A.B. 375 ) today that would reinstate the FCC’s rules. The legislation, which has the backing of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, would require internet service providers to get users’ opt-in consent before sharing their internet browsing data with advertisers. Congress voted to roll back the FCC’s broadband privacy rules using the Congressional Review Act earlier this year. Much like they did on the federal level, tech and telecom companies have come together to lobby against the bill. A number of other states including Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York are also weighing similar policies. Wheeler argued the outcome in California could set an important precedent for other places to follow.
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