UP FRONT PRIVACY O Congress, White House Opt To Kill Broadband Privacy Rules n March 28, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to kill broadband privacy rules that would have required Internet service providers (ISPs) to get permission from consumers before collecting their sensitive data. The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules was approved by a vote of 215-205 that fell largely on party lines, with the Republican majority support-ing the motion. The previous week, the U.S. Senate approved the bill on a similar party-line basis. In April, President Trump signed the bill into law. The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules will roll back the legislation passed in October by the Federal Communications Commission that would have given consumers more control over how ISPs can use their sensitive data. The policy defined sensitive data as any information related to a user’s finances, health, information from children, precise geolocation data, web browsing history, and app usage history. ISPs could still collect information not considered to be sensitive, but they would have had to offer customers the ability to opt out of the collection practices. Additionally, the Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules would have established new requirements for ISPs to report data breaches that may have harmed con-sumers or put their information at risk. They would have been required to notify customers of a data breach within 30 days of identifying it. The protections for user data were scheduled for implementation in Decem-ber 2017. The stricter rules for data breaches were set to go into effect in March, but the FCC under Trump appointee Ajit Pai chose to place a stay on the rules. GOVERNMENT RECORDS A Legislation Would Strengthen Federal Recordkeeping Requirements part, that agencies capture, retain, and make searchable any electronic messages that qualify as federal records. The act would also modify the categories of record removal or de-struction that require agency chiefs to notify the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and begin actions to recover removed records through the Department of Justice. Federal agencies would also have to apprise NARA of any falsifi-cations of records or concealments and publish a description of records that have been lost or are at risk of being lost. HR-745 also establishes a pro-cess for suspending and removing employees if an agency inspector general deems they have “willfully and unlawfully concealed, removed, mutilated, obliterated, falsified, or destroyed any record, proceeding, or other thing in their custody” or have violated prohibitions against sending or creating records via unofficial messaging accounts. The bill, which was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, would also require agencies to tap a senior records management official to be responsible for ensuring compliance with records management require-ments. s noted recently on FedWeek. com, a U.S. House bill to strengthen recordkeeping requirements for federal agencies has been reintroduced. The Federal Records Modernization Act of 2017, HR-745, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), would mandate, in 6 May/June 2017
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