The FCC dismisses legally enforcing DO NOT TRACK requests for edge providers as a response to a petition recently sent by California-based Consumer Watchdog.
Consumer Watchdog filed a petition with the FCC, asking that edge providers are legally obliged to honor consumer sent Do Not Track requests. Web browsers enable each and every one of us to choose this option in order to protect our privacy.
However, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or Netflix in addition to many other edge providers may choose to ignore this request. The option enabling users to work with one of the service providers mentioned above without having to sacrifice their data may be ignored. When you opt for the Do Not Track option, third-party tracking should stop. Advertisers and others linked to edge providers are still empowered to ignore your request. The petition filed with the FCC meant to bring this to an end.
According to the FCC however, it doesn’t fall within the competence of the institution to enforce this type of binding. On Friday, the commission stated that Internet companies or add providers may continue business as usual and chose to not make the Do Not Track option illegal to ignore.
Do Not Track signals only a voluntary reduced collection of data. We should be reminded that our data is only protected by encryption, while the setting in cause only limits the amount of data available to third parties.
The FCC dismisses legally enforcing DO NOT TRACK requests after the Consumer Watchdog petition asked that regulations similar to those in Communications Act-Section 222 are enforced on edge providers.
The FCC has been an active player in enforcing Net Neutrality regulations this year. While they are meant to protect consumers, the Commission believes that further introducing regulation similar to the Section 222 is not the right choice at the moment and falls out of its competence.
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