Updated May 29, 2018 09:17:13 The Federal Communications Commission is moving to implement a data-based access control framework in 2018, according to industry and government sources.
The proposal comes after the FCC announced it would take action in March that could force major US telco providers to limit data-guided access to services, including email, video and social networking.
The FCC had originally announced in October it would review the current policies for allowing and restricting access to certain internet content and services in 2018.
The FCC’s proposal to require telcos like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and Sprint to enforce data-oriented access control for their customers, however, came a month after President Donald Trump said he was scrapping the FCC’s previous data-backed policies.
The latest proposal is a response to an FTC complaint filed in November, which said the FCC did not fully comply with the law.
In a statement on Monday, the FCC said it would adopt a data framework that would require a minimum level of data control and transparency for data-enabled services, such as video, email, and social media.
In the FTC complaint, the commission accused AT&S of not implementing a data management system, for example, that would allow it to verify the identity of its customers, and not to store their credit card data in a separate location, which the FTC said was a violation of the Communications Act.
AT&A also violated its privacy policies by not using a third-party data storage provider, the FTC alleged.
In addition to AT&I and Comcast, the complaint accused Verizon of failing to provide adequate privacy protections for customer credit card and bank account information.
The FTC said Verizon did not respond to questions about the complaints or other matters raised in the complaint.
“These proposed rules will ensure that all customers receive fair, accurate, and timely access to data and information they request and need,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.
The FTC’s complaint alleges that the FTC failed to properly enforce its own data-centric policies, failed to enforce its rules that protect consumers’ privacy, and failed to make it easier for consumers to get the information they want without the fear of being sued.