WASHINGTON - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a fact sheet describing a modified Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would extend robust privacy protections to broadband internet customers. This proposal promises to give consumers meaningful control over how their information is used and shared by broadband providers.
This proposal allows the ISPs to keep track of what sites a customer visits -- and merely limits how and when that data can be used. That change is a step forward, but it is not privacy.
Real privacy for ISP customers would mean that the ISP is not allowed to take note of what sites the customer contacts, let alone keep a list of them.
See http://gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html the reasons for this position.