Mark Iandolo Jul. 6, 2016, 12:31pm


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after the FCC proposed rule-making to establish privacy rules for Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) providers.

Schneiderman supported the proposal while providing a set of recommendations on how to maximize consumer choice, transparency and security.

“As the gateway to the internet, BIAS providers are able to collect an unprecedented breadth of personal information about their customers,” Schneiderman said. “This letter comment urges the FCC to ensure the privacy of BIAS customers and impose reasonable notice and reporting requirements on BIAS providers. Meaningful choice and online privacy should be the mainstays of consumer experience on the Internet.”

On the subject of transparency, Schneiderman would like the rules to make privacy policies as concise and specific as possible. To help maximize consumer choice, he recommended that the rules contractually obligate all data recipients to limit their use of data received via implied permission to only that which is enumerated in the FCC’s propose rule. For security, Schneiderman believes the rule should mandate that BIAS providers give data breach notices in the most expedient way possible.

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