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New York Strikes Back Against ISP Data Law

According to the New York State Senate, there is new state legislation in motion that would combat the Internet Service Provider data privacy reversal that Trump just signed into law.

Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) has introduced legislation that would ban this practice in New York State. The common-sense legislation would prohibit ISPs from selling customer browsing history and other personal information to third parties. As a public utility regulated by New York State, internet service providers must comply with state laws and regulations. This legislation would ensure that New Yorkers continue to benefit from the privacy laws that were implemented under President Obama’s administration.

If this goes through, it'll be great for New Yorkers. Perhaps other states will follow as well. But now, perhaps a larger question looms: if the Internet is classified as a public utility by the FCC, should the data be collected by ISPs in the first place? If they are the providers, sure, they probably have a right to collect the data, and yes, this New York legislation is a solid move on preventing them from selling your personal behavioral data for monetary/strategic gain. But someone, somewhere could argue this is akin to a shopping mall monitoring how many times you've taken a leak in their restroom, or how often you visit city parks and what you do there, or, perhaps, your electric company installing video cameras in your home to watch how you use their electricity.

https://defiantsloth.com/log/2017/4/6/new-york-strikes-back-on-isp-data-selling

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