Internet privacy repeal headed to Oval Office

10 April, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Cable Operators and Telecoms Score Victory in House Vote on Privacy Rules

However, Congress passed a bill that kills the regulations; President Trump signaled he would sign the bill.

The FCC put in place critical broadband privacy protection rules late past year to protect your right to privacy online.

A bill to rescind the FCC internet privacy regulations issued in the final months of the Obama administration is awaiting President Donald Trump's signature after it narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

The future of online privacy is now in President Trump's hands.

"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies", Pai said. The White House said Tuesday it "strongly supports" the repeal. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location.

The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data.

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Republicans claim the FCC's rules confuse customers because they only cover Internet providers and not companies like Google and Facebook. However, the vote was closer this time with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to retain the rule.

Representative Michael Burgess, a Republican, described the rules as "duplicative regulation" on the House floor and said the repeal would "level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market".

Some privacy advocates are stating that ISP should now stand for, "Information Sold for Profit".

Your online personal information could be more at risk than ever.

"When we have further updates on a signing ceremony I will let you know", Spicer said.

That means providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to track, collect and sell everything you do online. Lobbyists for the ISPs have quarreled that the FCC laws went in opposition to aggressive impartiality (the similar law do not apply to Facebook and Google). Republicans and industry groups have blasted that discrepancy, saying it was unfair and confusing for consumers.

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