Breaking Down the FCC’s Proposal to Protect Broadband Privacy

The [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking] also asks whether there should be rules limiting or outright banning certain practices that may negatively affect customer privacy, no matter whether some customers might opt-in or not. The most troubling of these practices is making service contingent on waiving privacy rights, or reducing the price for service only if customers agrees to relinquish control of their data. Some companies and economists may portray such pay-for-privacy schemes as a valuable and fair market exchange. But they have the potential to harm the millions of internet users who already struggle to get online, and simply can’t afford to pay more for privacy. – Gaurav Laroia, Free Press