New rules to protect your online privacy already under threat

Source: Frank Pallone Jr. & Terrell McSweeny, Slate

At a time when our country is divided about so many issues, there’s an area of overwhelming agreement: the importance of privacy. A Pew study found that 91 percent of adults feel they have lost control of their personal information.  Our extensive and growing connectivity not only makes us vulnerable to hacks, it also leaves behind a digital trail that can reveal a lot about us as individuals—websites and locations we visit, our fitness routines, the settings on our thermostats, and much more.

Much of this data collection is actually not transparent to us—and it’s done, without our knowledge or consent, by companies that we have no direct relationship with. Just this week, the Federal Trade Commission settled a case with television-maker Vizio for secretly collecting detailed information about what people watch on their TVs.

In October, the FCC took the historic step of enacting basic consumer-privacy rules for internet service providers and wireless carriers.

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