BBC: Internet provider faces big GDPR fine for lax call centre checks

BBC: Internet provider faces big GDPR fine for lax call centre checks. “A German internet service provider faces a €9.6m ($10.6m; £8m) fine after being accused of failing to carry out tough enough customer ID checks. Germany’s data protection watchdog said anyone who called 1&1 Telecom could get extensive personal information about someone else solely by giving their name and date of birth.”

Ars Technica: ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says

Ars Technica: ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. “Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent [yesterday] to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.”

Ars Technica: The count of managed service providers getting hit with ransomware mounts

Ars Technica: The count of managed service providers getting hit with ransomware mounts. “When more than 20 local governments in Texas were hit this summer by ransomware in one day. The attack was apparently tracked back to one thing the organizations had in common: a managed service provider. With limited IT resources of their own, local governments have increasingly turned to MSPs to operate significant portions of their networks and applications, as have other organizations and businesses—often placing critical parts of their business operations in the MSPs’ hands. And that has made MSPs a very attractive target to ransomware operators.”

Ars Technica: FCC finally orders ISPs to say exactly where they offer broadband

Ars Technica: FCC finally orders ISPs to say exactly where they offer broadband. “The Federal Communications Commission voted today to collect more accurate data about which parts of the US have broadband and which parts lack high-speed connectivity. From now on, home Internet providers will have to give the FCC geospatial maps of where they provide service instead of merely reporting which census blocks they offer service in.”

Neowin: UK ISPs stop issuing educational copyright infringement notices

Neowin: UK ISPs stop issuing educational copyright infringement notices . “A little over two years ago, internet service providers (ISPs) began issuing educational copyright infringement notices to users suspected of engaging in digital piracy to push them towards using legal services such as Netflix and Spotify. Now, notices under the Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative have stopped being sent to copyright infringers.”

Yahoo Finance: The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t

Yahoo Finance: The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t. “FCC chairman Ajit Pai repeatedly emphasized that eliminating the rules would help smaller ISPs in particular bring competition to the market. ‘They told us that these rules prevented them from extending their service because they had to spend money on lawyers and accountants,’ he said in a June 2018 statement. A year later, the bargain looks unfulfilled. Evidence remains scant of ISPs saving money from this regulatory rollback, or working to give consumers faster or better broadband options. But they also don’t seem to be using their new power, much less abusing it.”