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The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved new guidelines for how broadband providers and Internet service providers will monitor consumers’ online activity and their data collection.
The rules will be released in a public comment period beginning Friday, and they will be widely available for review.
“Internet providers are now required to implement a robust, user-friendly and secure access control, or ACM, system that protects the privacy of consumers,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.
“ACM will be mandatory for all Internet service in the United States.”
The guidelines also call for Internet service companies to keep customer data secure by encrypting it, and to limit access to it by anyone who has not signed up for a program to receive targeted data.
Internet providers must also use “strong encryption standards” that prevent unauthorized access, the rules say.
The guidelines say ISPs can now require consumers to enter their password every time they access the Internet.
They must also include a verification code for each IP address or device.
“If an Internet provider chooses not to offer the program, the consumer must use the provider’s online login credentials to log in and access the network.
This information must be used to protect the user’s personal information, such as credit card information, and the provider must be required to maintain such information for at least two years,” the rules read.
Internet service providers that don’t meet the new guidelines will be required “to provide the consumer with a separate form of identity verification for every IP address that the consumer is using on the network.”
The rules also say that Internet service firms can require consumers who are unhappy with the company’s services to sign a statement of non-disclosure.