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

Tim Pozar pozar at lns.com
Tue Mar 28 19:11:53 UTC 2017

Alexa ran into this problem...



On 3/28/17 11:45 AM, Mel Beckman wrote:
> 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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