In the United States, new legislation signed Monday night means that soon internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to legally monitor your online activity. Previously these providers had to get customer permission in advance through an opt-in process. The new FCC internet privacy rules have some concerned as customer information under the previous administration had stricter regulations.

John Chen took the time today to share BlackBerry's stance on privacy which remains unchanged despite these new laws.

I want to reassure employees and customers that BlackBerry will continue to provide the highest standard of security, which includes an opt-in approach as it provides the most protection. Our privacy policy will not change. We do not look to monetize our customer's information and imperil their privacy. While it is great the U.S. government is taking steps to ease regulatory burdens on business, encroaching on privacy is something everyone in the tech industry should stand up against. By working together to protect our customers' private information we can send a clear message that Americans' privacy is not for sale.

Under this new legislation service providers can collect data around your browsing habits, app usage history, location data and even social security numbers. While some feel that their personal information can now be sold to the highest bidder, new FCC Chair Ajit Pai believes the regulations were unfair when looking at the larger issue of net neutrality. Many ISPs have issued statements maintaining the status quo that they will not sell customer data but the collection is ongoing.

As it pertains to BlackBerry, you can learn more about their commitment to customer privacy by visiting the company's privacy policy.

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