Internet service providers are in an awkward spot. After getting all dressed up for the sell-your-data dance, it turns out they’ll be staying home.
Or so they claim.
“We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history,” writes Comcast Chief Privacy Officer Gerard Lewis
But should we trust Lewis and his counterparts at AT&T and Verizon?
The denials were issued after the House and Senate
The public backlash has been strong — people are even donating to GoFundMes seeking to buy the browsing histories of members of Congress (although the success of those efforts
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Kate Tummarello points out the obvious incongruity of ISPs denying that they plan to take advantage of the new privacy landscape when those same companies lobbied so hard to bring it about.
“Those rules were a huge victory for consumers,” Tummarello wrote on the
What’s more, it’s not like internet service providers haven’t
“Consumers have every reason to be skeptical about what the ISPs say,” the EFF’s Karen Gullo wrote to Mashable, “because, as we have pointed out, they have already tried many of the practices — including hijacking your searches — that they are now allowed to do thanks to the party-line vote in Congress.”
Spokespersons for Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T can proclaim their devotion to your privacy all they want, but if the past is any indication you’d be right to remain skeptical.
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