EFF Call for sign-ons: ISPs, networking companies and engineers opposed to FCC privacy repeal

Mel Beckman mel at beckman.org
Tue Mar 28 18:45:04 UTC 2017

No ISPs have any right to market our customers browsing history, and currently that practice is illegal unless the customer opts in. In my opinion, only a fool wants to relieve ISPs of this restriction.

The claim oft presented by people favoring this customer abuse is that the sold data is anonymous. But it's been well-established that very simple data aggregation techniques can develop signatures that reveal the identity of people in anonymized data.

 -mel beckman

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 10:40 AM, Rod Beck <rod.beck at unitedcablecompany.com> wrote:
> Last time I checked most European countries have stronger privacy protections than the US. Are they also idiots? Mr. Glass, would you care to respond?
> Regards,
> Roderick.
> ________________________________
> From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at nanog.org> on behalf of Brett Glass <nanog at brettglass.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:13 AM
> To: nanog at nanog.org
> Subject: Re: EFF Call for sign-ons: ISPs, networking companies and engineers opposed to FCC privacy repeal
> All:
> It's worth noting that most of EFF's list consists of individuals
> and/or politically connected organizations, not actual ISPs. This
> is for good reason. EFF was founded with the intention of creating
> a civil rights organization but has morphed into a captive
> corporate lobbying shop for Google, to which several of its board
> members have close financial ties. EFF opposes the interests of
> hard working ISPs and routinely denigrates them and attempts to
> foster promotes hatred of them. It also promotes and lobbies for
> regulations which advantage Google and disadvantage ISPs --
> including the so-called "broadband privacy" regulations, which
> heavily burden ISPs while exempting Google from all oversight.
> No knowledgeable network professional or ISP would support the
> current FCC rules. Both they AND the FCC's illegal Title II
> classification of ISPs must be rolled back, restoring the FTC's
> ability to apply uniform and apolitical privacy standards to all of
> the players in the Internet ecosystem. The first step is to support
> S.J. Res 34/H.J. Res 86, the Congressional resolution which would
> revoke the current FCC regulations that were written and paid for
> by Google and its lobbyists. So, DO contact  your legislators...
> but do so in support of the resolutions that will repeal the
> regulations. It is vital to the future of the Internet.
> --Brett Glass, Owner and Founder, LARIAT.NET
> At 05:05 PM 3/26/2017, Peter Eckersley wrote:
>> Dear network operators,
>> I'm sure this is a controversial topic in the NANOG community, but EFF and a
>> number of ISPs and networking companies are writing to Congress opposing the
>> repeal of the FCC's broadband privacy rules, which require explicit opt-in
>> consent before ISPs use or sell sensitive, non-anonymized data (including
>> non-anonymized locations and browsing histories).
>> If you or your employer would like to sign on to such a letter, please reply
>> off-list by midday Monday with your name, and a one-sentence description of
>> your affiliation and/or major career accomplishments.

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