Sharing is not Caring: Internet Service Providers Selling Customer Data Without Consent


By Stuart Walker

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have the ability to sell or share customer data without consent and internet users have few broadband alternatives. Based on an analysis of preemption cases involving the FCC, it is likely that states’ efforts to regulate ISPs with their own privacy laws would be preempted by the FCC. The best solution for meaningful change is broad federal privacy legislation that addresses ISPs and internet companies that has a customizable balance between business and user privacy interests.