February 13, 2018


New law aims to protect personal information

Brent Weisberg

(This article originally appeared in KOIN 6 on February 13, 2018)

A proposed law would prohibit internet providers from disclosing, selling, or permitting access to personal information of customers of the provider except by the customer's consent.

House Bill 4155 is up for discussion Tuesday at the state capitol in Salem. 

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden submitted a letter on Monday urging his support for changes at a state level that “create a level playing field for the internet.” 

TechNet, a national and bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives, wrote in prepared testimony that in December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified broadband as an informational service. 

“In doing so, this removed the common carrier classification from broadband, which now means that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has regained jurisdiction over online privacy protections of Internet Service Providers (ISPs),” TechNet wrote.

With the FTC regaining its historic jurisdiction over ISPs, the component of HB 4155 pertaining to online privacy protections of ISPs is no longer necessary, TechNet said. 

HB 4155 would make it a violation of unlawful trade practices if passed. It would also establish the Task Force on Broadband Security.

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