The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has warned that the pace of the data transfer process is “unacceptably slow” and “increasingly chaotic”.
The US Federal Communication Commission (fcc) said on Monday that it has received a series of complaints from the US states and territories concerned that their data was transferred by US internet providers (ISPs) without the necessary “authorisation”.
“In a rapidly changing digital world, it is critical that companies respect state laws and privacy laws, and that consumers are able to trust them to safeguard their personal data,” the commission said in a statement.
“Consumers’ right to privacy and data protection is critical to the future of our economy, and we are working closely with industry to ensure that these concerns are addressed and that ISPs adhere to their obligations.”
A spokesperson for the commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The New York Times.
The US has been grappling with the data breach of the US Department of Homeland Security and other agencies as a result of a massive breach of sensitive data.
It is not known who, or when, the information was stolen.
In September last year, the US Congress passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) which gives the Federal government access to information from US companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to investigate and prevent data breaches.
The law also sets up an Office of the Federal Register to enforce the new rules, which could mean that the US can demand data be shared with other countries.
The FCC is not the only US regulator to have raised concerns.
In December last year the FCC proposed changes to its net neutrality rules that would have allowed ISPs to charge different types of data for different types and speeds.
It said it would hold hearings on the proposals on January 12.
The Commission’s chief, Ajit Pai, said the proposals were necessary to ensure a free and open internet.