In a filing with the FCC last week, the CTIA wrote that “web browsing and app usage history are not ‘sensitive information,’” a claim the group justifies largely by saying the FCC failed to adequately prove that it is sensitive information, as the commission determined last year.Consumer advocates are worried as internet providers can see nearly every site you visit, something other firms like Google and Facebook can't see. One bright note though is that more and more websites are moving to encryption, which means that while ISPs can still see the domains you visit, they can no longer see the specific page you went to.
The disagreement is around whether internet providers should be treated differently than web companies, like Facebook and Google. Internet providers argue that it’s unfair that the FCC’s rules make them get permission to share your browsing history, since other company’s don’t have to do that.
The Verge predicts the Internet providers will likely win this argument, and point out that new FCC chairman Ajit Pai is in favor of reducing privacy regulations.