House representatives vote to repeal internet privacy protections

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

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On Tuesday, the House followed the Senate's lead in voting to repeal Obama-era FCC regulations that required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain permission from customers before collecting and selling private user data, including browser history.

The privacy rules were meant to give consumers extra control over their personal data online at a time when everything from smartphones to refrigerators can be connected to the internet.

But rather than apply similar protections to more businesses, the Republican-controlled Congress voted to scrap the rules entirely.

Your personal information will soon be even more exposed on the internet because Congress just passed a new law eliminating privacy rules for internet providers.

"It will also enable more unconstitutional mass government surveillance, and fundamentally undermine our cybersecurity by making our sensitive personal information vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves, and foreign governments", Greer continued.




American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka also issued a statement saying it is pleased the House passed the Congressional Review Act resolution nullifying what he calls "the FCC's misguided broadband privacy rules". It is anticipated to be marked by President Donald Trump. Congress has only given the commission authority over telecommunications companies, so the FCC couldn't have come up with rules that applied to other businesses even if it wanted to. Experts say federal law still requires broadband providers to protect customer information - but it doesn't spell out how or what companies must do. "The best way to achieve that result would be to return jurisdiction over broadband providers' privacy practices to the FTC".

The rules forced internet providers to ask consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and marketing.

"Consumers still have protections".

While the House and Senate are supporters of the move, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the American people are not.

Of course, as is often the case, the majority of those who voted in favor of this wholly unnecessary and invasive legislation did so because they themselves get paid by Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T.

"Anyone who supports a bill allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history ought to release their own browsing history first", he added in a tweet.

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