via DSL Reports
by Karl Bode
April 06, 2017
In the wake of Congress making it brutaly clear last week that it works for AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, many states are rushing to fill the void when it comes to the elimination of broadband privacy protections. Minnesota has already passed a new law making it illegal for ISPs to sell user data with out express consumer consent. There’s a laundry list of similar bills popping up across a wide variety of other states.
“Internet service providers have put themselves in a bit of a conundrum here,” consumer group Public Knowledge says of the push. “They’ve bucked the federal rule, and they’re going to get what they hate the most — a bunch of state laws.”
State laws may often make life more difficult for ISPs that then have to adjust their business practices to adapt to what are dramatically different rules. Of course, ISPs could have avoided this by accepting the FCC’s uniform fairly modest privacy rules, which simply required they be transparent with what’s being collected, and who it’s being sold to.
Unlike the House and Senate votes to kill the privacy rules (which were along largely partisan lines despite broad bipartisan support), many of these state efforts are seeing bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers.