Laura Moy, the Deputy Director of the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, testified today before the Maryland Senate Finance Committee about potential state law reforms in the wake of Congress's repeal of the FCC's rule to protect consumers' broadband privacy.
Laura's testimony read in part:
"Because of their position as the consumer’s gateway to the Internet, ISPs have broad, unfettered access into nearly everything the consumer does online. . . That information can be incredibly revealing. It’s not difficult to imagine how a complete record of the websites a consumer visits and the applications they use, especially in combination with details about the timing, duration, and volume of traffic, can be used to determine their medical conditions, employment status, family status, political leanings, romantic and sexual preferences, sleep habits, and more. [...]
"Consumers are already paying for their Internet connections in dollars—handsomely. They do not also need to pay through their personal data. . . Making matters worse, many consumers cannot switch providers if they dislike the privacy practices of their ISP. . . Nor is there much that the average consumer can do to hide their online activities from their ISP.
"For these reasons, state legislation to protect consumer privacy from ISPs is needed—legislation such as Maryland’s Internet Consumer Privacy Rights Act of 2017—and it is needed swiftly."
In recent weeks Laura has been featured as an expert on this topic on CNBC, Democracy Now! and other news outlets. You can read her full testimony here.