You might think of internet providers as a vast database of your Internet browsing habits, but they’re not exactly that.
Instead, they’re responsible for setting up your Internet services with a cloud-based data collection service.
That’s the view from the head of the Internet providers’ consumer group, Michael Pickett.
“This is a huge problem in this age of massive surveillance,” Pickett said during a session on Tuesday to discuss the need for privacy online, during which he also explained the significance of consumer data in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.
But it does not mention personal information.
Pickett said the lack of such detail could create a dangerous situation where customers would fear their information could be leaked, thereby harming consumers.
The European Parliament, meanwhile, last week passed legislation that would prevent telecoms and internet service providers from collecting data on online users without a valid reason.
Pickett called for the companies to share more information about the nature of the use of their data, as well as how that data will be used.
The European Commission recently began to draft rules to address the privacy problems associated with cloud services.
Pickett pointed out that the commission’s proposal will only be applied to services that offer data to users on behalf of a third party, such as Google.