Comcast, AT&T vow to protect internet privacy

Ajit Pai, who Trump designated as FCC chairman this year, said in a statement that the privacy rules had been "designed to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies". "Always have, always will", Lewis wrote.

Verizon chief privacy officer Karen Zacharia also came out with a post, writing that the company "does not sell the personal web browsing history of our customers". The websites are, however, not governed with such strict rules and are free from seeking any such consent.

Lewis goes on to vow that Comcast, notorious for its poor customer service, will continue to abide by a privacy policy it says was already in compliance with the FCC's privacy rules for ISPs, and whatever data it does share with advertisers can be opted out of by subscribers.

AT&T and whatever remains of the telecom business had campaigned against the guidelines since before they were voted on by the FCC, contending to a limited extent that they unjustifiably apply privacy models to web access suppliers that don't cover sites that additionally gather user information for targetted ads, as Facebook and Google.

Verizon Communications (VZ) , and AT&T (T) said today that they would not sell customers' internet browsing history, Reuters reports.

She did, however, acknowledge two initiatives using Web browsing data: one that makes marketing to customers more personalized; and another that gives advertisers aggregate insights.

AT&T and Comcast are two of the major companies who are shielding a Republican push to discard privacy rules made under the administration of Obama. Websites do not need the same affirmative consent.

While President Trump is expected to sign the repeal, this past week 46 Senate Democrats urged Trump not to sign the bill, arguing most Americans "believe that their private information should be just that'".

AT&T's senior executive VP Bob Quinn didn't specifically lay out consumer protections at AT&T but said the company's approach to the issue is "to focus on the nature of the data and have a consistent framework on collection".

The real problem, Quinn says, is that "other internet companies, including operating system providers, web browsers, search engines, and social media platforms" are collecting and using customer information in shady ways.

Verizon is fully committed to the privacy of our customers.

Quinn said that AT&T's privacy protection policies -which claim that consumers' personal information is not for sale- have not changed and that the Congress' law had no effect on those principles. "For example, AT&T and other ISPs' actions continue to be governed by Section 222 of the Communications Act just as they were for the almost two years that passed between reclassification of Internet access as a Title II service and the passage of new rules last fall".

Despite these statements, consumer advocates argued that the FCC regulations would have ensured broadband providers couldn't sell information about where you've been online, what you're buying, the apps you're using, and where you're located to marketers and other third parties, like insurance companies.

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