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New rule: Internet providers must ask you before sharing your sensitive personal data

New rule: Internet providers must ask you before sharing your sensitive personal data

Federal regulators on Thursday approved tough new rules requiring high-speed Internet service providers to get customer permission before using or sharing sensitive personal data, such as Web browsing or app usage history and the geographic trail of mobile devices.

Cable and wireless companies that offer broadband service would not have to first get a customer’s approval before using or sharing any non-sensitive data, such as a person’s name, address and type of data plan. Consumers would have to opt out of the sharing of that information. 

But such information is limited — most customer data will be considered sensitive. And because the FCC...

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