Congress votes to eliminate privacy rules for internet providers

Congress votes to eliminate privacy rules for internet providers

In a 215-205 vote, the House approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s broadband privacy rules. The Senate last week voted 50-48 on the same measure. The resolution now goes to Trump's desk.

The White House, in a statement today said the President is expected to sign off on it when it gets to his desk.

Last week, Pai said consumers would have privacy protections even without the Obama internet provider rules, but most sane people think that you must be smoking something to believe that is true.

"If the rules are repealed", the letter said, "large ISPs across America would resume spying on their customers, selling their data, and denying them a practical and informed choice in the matter". But critics said the rule would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies.

"This maintains a level playing field and allows for competition in a very robust ad market", Swarztrauber says.

Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, voted against the bill that rejects the rule. Congress' approval is a loss for privacy advocates, who fought for the regulation, passed in October of a year ago by the then-Democratic majority on the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to repealing the previously-enacted rules, the resolution prohibits the FCC from passing any new privacy restrictions to protect users. "It's just allowing internet providers to compete with the other firms who are already selling your data anyway".

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Max Temkin, who created the popular card game Cards Against Humanity, tweeted Monday, "If this shit passes I will buy the browser history of every congressman and congressional aide and publish it". "Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?" These companies are interested in collecting customer data so they can build businesses around targeted online advertising.

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services.

Broadband Internet Service Providers have access to customer information ranging from physical location to shopping habits and beyond. "They need the Internet and they may not have another option".

One possible way to protect online activity is to opt for a virtual private network or VPN.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Inc.

The House vote "to repeal the FCC's misguided rules marks an important step toward restoring consumer privacy protections that apply consistently to all internet companies", the NCTA, a cable broadband trade group, said in a statement.