ISPs want ‘flexible’ privacy rules→

Ars Technica:

ISPs should have “flexibility” in how they protect customers’ privacy and security, said the letter from the American Cable Association, Competitive Carriers Association, Consumer Technology Association, CTIA, the Internet Commerce Coalition, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and USTelecom. Together, these groups represent the biggest home Internet service providers and wireless carriers such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Sprint, T-Mobile, and many smaller ones.
“Rules dictating specific methods quickly become out of date and out of step with constantly changing technology, and will only hamper innovation and harm consumers,” they wrote.

I mean, it’s a valid point.1 It’s just, since it’s you making it, we all know that that ‘flexibility’ will translate to ‘your information is safe from everyone who isn’t paying us for access to it.’


  1. Sort of. A big concept in software development is that you really shouldn’t be innovating when it comes to security. Use stuff that is old and boring. Old and boring means “it’s been tested a lot and nobody can break this.” New and exciting also means there’s new and exciting ways for things to break.