The recent move by the U.S.Congress to change the way the FCC regulates personal privacy on the internet (S.J.Res.34) is causing a stir among privacy advocates. Whatever one’s position on the matter, the ability of Internet Service Providers and mobile phone companies to use search and other private information will have broad ramifications for consumers and the screening industry. Increasingly, the most intimate aspects of our lives are lived online. Employment, health, hobbies, and a host of personal data is now floating about somewhere out there. For example, the repeal allows ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to track all your searches and web traffic and sell it to 3rd parties. Law enforcement both in the U.S. and other countries already tracks this information without warrants. Now is the time for the screening industry to factor these new realities into its plans for the future.
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