Finding the best way forward on internet privacy

Recent telecom news has been dominated by the congressional rollback of a not-yet-enacted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rule for internet service providers (ISPs). As noted by fellow blogger Daniel Lyons, no actual law has been changed. But the truth is that the current furor over eliminating digital privacy protections is just late — the FCC removed privacy protections for consumers more than a year ago by passing the Open Internet Order. Although the timing is off and the legal issues involved have been incorrectly framed by the popular press, the current uproar over online privacy is by no means unproductive.