By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-21-21
The FTC has concluded that ISPs are collecting and sharing more data about their customers than those customers are aware of, including Internet traffic and real-time location data, while “failing to offer consumers meaningful choices about how this data can be used.”
FTC Chair Lina Khan said the report would be part of an “ongoing conversation” about commercial data practices, but one that could be “incorporated” into FTC action.
That is according to a staff report culminating a two-year investigation into the data practices of AT&T, Cellco Partnership (Verizon Wireless), Charter, Comcast, T-Mobile, and Google Fiber, a report the FTC said revealed “troubling aspects of some ISP data collection practices.” The FTC also sought info from three affiliated ad entities, AT&T’s Appnexus (rebranded Xandr); Verizon’s Verizon Online; and Oath Americas (now Verizon Media). » Read More