Today the Federal Trade Commission announced plans to investigate the privacy practices of seven internet providers including AT&T, Comcast, and Google. The FTC has given them 45 days to hand over documents about how they protect your privacy.
“The orders seek information about the companies’ privacy policies, procedures, and practices. The orders were sent to: AT&T Inc., AT&T Mobility LLC, Comcast Cable Communications doing business as Xfinity, Google Fiber Inc., T-Mobile US Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Cellco Partnership doing business as Verizon Wireless.” The FTC said in a statement on their site.
The FTC is seeking information from the seven companies that includes:
- The categories of personal information collected about consumers or their devices, including the purpose for which the information is collected or used; the techniques for collecting such information; whether the information collected is shared with third parties; internal policies for access to such data; and how long the information is retained;
- Whether the information is aggregated, anonymized or deidentified;
- Copies of the companies’ notices and disclosures to consumers about their data collection practices;
- Whether the companies offer consumers choices about the collection, retention, use and disclosure of personal information, and whether the companies have denied or degraded service to consumers who decline to opt-in to data collection; and
- Procedures and processes for allowing consumers to access, correct, or delete their personal information.
You can read the full let sent to internet providers by the FTC HERE.
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