When Congress voted down broadband privacy regulations this week, it threw data security under the bus as well. Internet users who want to protect their data can expect to pay a “privacy tax” as a result.
The House voted 215-205 to repeal rules that, among other things, required broadband providers to take “reasonable” steps to protect customers’ information. The rules also would have mandated that telecoms notify customers within 30 days “after reasonable determination of [a data] breach.” And if a breach affected at least 5,000 customers, they would have had to notify the FBI, the Secret Service, and the FCC within seven business days. The privacy rules regarding notifications were slated to take effect in June.