In its ruling adopted on June 3 and released for public viewing on June 17, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it was not only fining AT&T $100 million for violating its so-called “transparency rule” but also was going to mandate that AT&T install numerous “requirements to bring AT&T into compliance” with that rule.
Only a week after Russian "crime syndicates" hacked the IRS database and stole information on the tax returns of more than 100,000 people, China was blamed for "one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen," the Wall Street Journal reports.
Strong encryption is an invaluable part of protecting privacy and liberty in the digital age. As more and more calls come from government agencies to ban encryption, the tech industry urges President Obama to consider the consequences.
With the FCC regulating ISPs in the United States and some as yet unknown international organization assuming control of the assignment of Internet addresses and domains, we may be living in the last days of the Internet as a free and open platform for communication and dissemination of information.
Mired in "governmentese" and steeped in double-talk, Net Neutrality has proven to be a tangled web of deceit. Now that the FCC's order has been entered in the Federal Register, the real battle for the fate of Net Neutrality begins.
As if Facebook doesn't do enough damage to users' privacy without help, the social media giant has apparently been either the target or the willing accomplice of a CIA-funded company known as Recorded Future.
Facebook has spent years earning a notorious reputation for sacrificing users' privacy for increased advertising revenue. Now the social networking giant may be in serious legal trouble with the European Union for violating EU laws about tracking Internet users without their consent.
When the FCC created new rules for Net Neutrality by reclassifying the Internet as a Title II public utility, Chairman Tom Wheeler dismissed the idea of new taxes and fees as a myth. Now that the Net Neutrality Order has been made public, it is becoming clear that Chairman Wheeler is being less than honest.
As pernicious as the Federal Communications Commission's "bright-line" rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization on the Internet are, they pale in comparison to what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called a "catch-all standard." The "general conduct" rule is so broad and vague that there is really no part of the Internet that it does not allow the FCC to regulate.
But this rule may well prove to be the Achilles' heel of Net Neutrality.