This bill — known as the BROWSER Act — would let the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforce information privacy rules on all internet service providers (ISPs) and edge service providers that collect and sell their users’ data. Users would have to opt-in before sensitive information could be shared under the protections.
Users would have to opt-in and give express consent before ISPs and edge service providers can use the following types of sensitive information that is:
About children under 13;
Social Security numbers;
Precise geo-location information;
Content of communications;
Web browsing history;
History of usage of a software program or mobile application.
ISPs and edge service providers would have to get opt-out approval for the use of non-sensitive user information, meaning that users wouldn’t object after they’re notified about privacy policies. Service providers must allow users to grant, deny, or withdraw approval at any time.
A service provider would be allowed to use information without approval for specified purposes, including for services necessary for provision of the service and to initiate, render, bill, and collect for the service. Providers would be prohibited from conditioning service on a user’s agreement to waive privacy rights.
The bill’s full title is the Balancing the Rights Of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly Act of 2017.