The FCC privacy rules repeal does not actually make the privacy situation worse, since the proposed rules hadn’t gone into effect yet.
But it may inspire ISPs to expand their data collection efforts.
“What we’re going to see is the extension of whatever products and services these telcos have been offering,” said Fatemeh Khatibloo, analyst and privacy expert at Forrester Research. “It’s just going to be happening a little more aggressively and a little bit faster. They’ve gotten a bit of a green light.”