Dispelling internet privacy misconceptions

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a joint resolution disapproving of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy rules. The debate prompted an unusual amount of sturm-und-drang in the blogosphere, much of which is misleading. As with many tech issues, understanding what’s really at stake requires more nuance than one can generally fit into a 140-character call to action. In the interests of separating myth from reality, this post explores the privacy issue in greater depth, as part of what’s unfortunately becoming a regular series in dispelling misconceptions in tech policy.