AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE)– The Supreme Court ruled Friday that ISPs must let customers know when they’re sharing personal information with third parties.
The court sided with Verizon and other ISPs who argued that they had a duty to make their customers aware when their websites shared data with third-parties without their permission.
The ruling could have implications for people who have opted out of the sharing and are still sharing their data.
It’s unclear how many people in the U.S. who opted out have yet to see the court’s decision.
In a separate ruling, the U,S.
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a district court ruling that blocked the FBI’s warrantless collection of phone records.
That ruling was in response to the U.,S.
government’s contention that the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement would have violated the privacy of millions of innocent people.
A similar ruling was made by the 3rd U.K. Circuit Court of Appeal in June, though that ruling did not directly address the government’s claims that the collection of telephone records violated the rights of privacy.
The decision by the Supreme Court comes amid growing concerns about the government collecting phone records of millions without a warrant, though it also does not address the privacy issues.