Complying With New Rules as the FCC Forges Its Role in Privacy and Data Security 

The FCC’s new sweeping regulations change how broadband internet access service providers can use and share customers’ personal data. In some ways stricter than FTC requirements regarding the same types of data, these regulations impose broader and more burdensome consumer consent obligations, experts told the Cybersecurity Law Report. “It’s an unlevel playing field” where “two regulators are protecting information differently,” Sheppard Mullins partner Laura Jehl explained. The regulations also revise data security expectations and heightened breach notification requirements. We analyze steps companies must take to comply with the new regulations, the implementation timeline, and what to expect from FCC enforcement. See also “FCC Flexes Its Muscles With Proposed Broadband Privacy Rules and Verizon Settlement” (Mar.16, 2016).

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