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Member #544052

Member Since: April 10, 2014

Country: United States

  • The ISP's privacy policy (customer, not website) should detail what they do collect, and how they use it. Here's Comcast's, for example:

    https://www.xfinity.com/Corporate/Customers/Policies/CustomerPrivacy.html

    Comcast's policy cites the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) and the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, plus a few others. Comcast's policy explicitly states they will use your PII and usage history to provide you an 'enhanced advertising experience' but allows you to opt out, noting you will still be served advertising.

    Wikipedia has a useful (if depressing) article on privacy laws in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_laws_of_the_United_States

    It seems that most target or benefit a specific group, e.g. Privacy Act regulates Gov't use of PII, FERPA, COPPA protect student educational and personal info, HIPAA protects health information, Gramm-Leach targets financial institutions, Sarbanes-Oxley -> financials of publicly held companies (indirectly affecting consumer privacy), etc. Then the States may or may not supplement with their own laws.

    If I were the paranoid type though, I'd worry less about privacy laws and legal protections extended to classes of persons and more about individual and arbitration clauses in click-wrap agreements, and what I term the "NSA defense" (record everything, use when 'necessary').

No public wish lists :(