AUSTIN, Texas — — With no legal recourse, you can still be subject to data collection from your Internet service provider without your knowledge or consent.
The Federal Communications Commission released the final version of its privacy guidance for the 2017 broadband market, which will likely be released as early as Thursday, but there are still some issues.
For instance, the FCC is still working on an updated privacy framework that would require ISPs to disclose how and when they use your personal information and to keep it safe.
And in some areas, the agency said ISPs need to provide additional protections for customers when their data is shared.
It’s unclear whether the agency is planning to release those privacy protections, but the guidance will likely come as a result of public comments it received during its previous consultation process.
“We are very excited to be able to release the final draft of the Commission’s updated privacy guidance, and we look forward to continuing to hear from consumers and other stakeholders in a transparent and fair manner,” the FCC said in a statement.
This is the second time the FCC has issued a privacy guidance that covers ISPs.
In December, the commission voted to update its guidelines for broadband providers to include data collection by the companies and require ISPs and their customers to provide information to law enforcement authorities.
A few months later, the government filed a lawsuit against the FCC, saying the privacy guidelines were “inconsistent” with the law.
After the FCC released its privacy guidelines in January, a federal judge ordered the agency to release more information about how it plans to comply with the ruling.
With the guidance released, ISPs are required to provide consumers with “information about their personal information, including their name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, gender, and social security number,” the guidance said.
As for data sharing, ISPs will have to provide customers with “a privacy statement explaining how they will share information about their data, including how they plan to use the information, and any additional information that is required by law.”
The FCC said the information will be “accessible to law officers and regulators.”