FCC at odds with federal administration over customer privacy

Federal Communications Commission is protecting us (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Sawyer Soubeer

Staff Writer


President Donald Trump has repealed yet another Obama era regulation. Trump has repealed an FCC regulation. This deregulation would require various data carriers to protect their clients. This is due to their customers privacy and security.

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Also, as a result of the deregulation, data carriers may now sell your data to third parties. I see this deregulation as a clear violation of our constitutional rights. As reported by the New York Times, the American Civil Liberties Union oppose the move. Saying that the industry “puts profits over privacy.” It does not sit well with me that the government has the ability to buy our private information. It is evident that our digital security has taken a backseat to profit and manipulation.

This will not be the only FCC regulation Trump plans overturn. As reported by the New York Times, Trump and his fellow republicans plan on also repealing net neutrality. What is even more surprising that not a lot of people talked about nor did this story stay in the news cycle for long.

At any rate this could be the beginning of a series of Trump deregulations. Targeting the FCC and aimed at giving the government more control over our population. The government having the ability to pay for our information is outraging. Verizon and AT&T have said that they will not sell their consumers data. This questionable claim seems out of place for a company trying to make money. It is a distinct possibility that these data carriers are declaring their opposition for the time being.

Once the issue slips the masses minds it would not be an unprecedented event that these companies turn around and start selling the public’s information. Also, data companies could use this regulation as a ploy to charge customers for security. So, in the future if you want your private information to be protected you may be paying top dollar.