What the death of broadband privacy rules means

On Tuesday, the House narrowly voted to scrap rules meant to force Internet service providers to get permission from customers before collecting and selling customers' data. On Wednesday, the White House said President Trump plans to sign the bill.

If the bill is signed by President Trump, internet providers will no longer need consumers' consent to sell their online information - including browsing, app use, finances and location - to telecom and cable companies who use the data to target advertising.

Unsurprisingly, numerous lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill have received campaign donations from companies or employees of companies that stand to benefit from it ― corporations such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

"The ISPs, data-marketing companies, and their supporters are also fighting against the privacy rule because they know we are also on the eve of a new era-the Internet of Things-that will generate even more personal information about us", Chester writes.

They got the FCC to split off the ISP's and regulated their privacy practices differently than Google's own.

The Congressional Review Act, 1996, offers an expedited procedure for the Congress to overturn the regulations by agencies like FCC.

Instead, Republicans claim that by using a company's product, the information in effect belongs to the firm, and they should be given the freedom to monetize that information at their discretion.

Don't hold your breath for President Trump to save your Internet privacy.

If Pai and GOP members of Congress had those concerns, they should be promoting an online users Bill of Rights that would further protect the privacy rights of customers using Google, Facebook or any company that collects users' personal information and sells it for profit.

In a 215-205 vote yesterday, March 28, members of the United States House of Representatives chose to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that overturns an internet privacy regulation yet to take effect.

This week, Congress voted to get rid of rules that were aimed at protecting internet users' privacy.

A VPN (virtual private network) adds security and privacy to the Internet, public and private networks and WiFi hot spots. If you go onto an X-rated site, that information could be used to target you with X-rated ads on any of your devices. "We will finally be able to buy the browser history of all the Congresspeople who voted to sell our data and privacy without our consent!" he wrote on the fundraising page. So if Congress repeals the rules, there will be no clear federal cop on the beat for the privacy of your Internet connection.

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