This week, the Federal Communications Commission released a new rule governing consumer opt-in requirements that ISPs must follow before collecting and sharing private information about its customers. The rule is a positive outcome for consumer privacy, as well as for all networking and security researchers, who were granted an exemption to allow them to continue exchanging data with ISPs for research that fosters Internet innovation and security. CITP researchers Nick Feamster, Arvind Narayanan, and Dillon Reisman provided extensive comments to the FCC on the rulemaking and are cited throughout the rule. In collaboration with the Center for Democracy and Technology, CITP had also hosted a roundtable in Washington, D.C. last May that convened experts to discuss various aspects of the rulemaking, in its first CITP “On the Road” event.
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