SUMMARY: There are new rules for broadband providers when it comes to collecting and sharing consumer data. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted for the first time to create protections on the transmission of personal information for broadband providers. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC.
HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour): New rules for broadband providers when it comes to collecting and sharing customer data.
The Federal Communications Commission voted for the first time today to create protections on the transmission of personal information from broadband providers.
Tom Wheeler is the chairman of the FCC. And he joins me now.
What is a provider going to have to do under these new rules?
TOM WHEELER, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission: Well, the key thing is that it is the consumers' information. It's not the network's information.
And the consumer now has the choice to say how they want that information to be used and if they want it to be used. So, there are really three key things. One, there has to be transparency, that the consumers have to be told, here's what we're doing with your information. Two, they have to have choice. So, do you want to opt in or opt out of this kind of service?
And, three, that data, when it's stored someplace, has to be stored securely and consumers have to know if there is some kind of data breach.
HARI SREENIVASAN: So, you have also expanded the definition of what is sensitive data. And some businesses have pushed back, saying, the browsing history, the app usage, Internet companies like Facebook and Google, they already have all that, and you're placing undue burdens on companies like Verizon, AT&T, et cetera.
TOM WHEELER: But what we're talking about is not the fact that you may go to a dozen sites that each will get a little bit of information.
We're talking about the network that takes you to every site and knows everything you're doing. And that's the big difference. You hire the network to deliver you to those sites. You don't hire the network to take your information without your permission and turn around and resell it.