Republicans Give Donald Trump Chance To Roll Back Internet Privacy Protections
By Shawn Rice
Following the Senate’s lead, the House of Representatives voted to remove FCC regulations by former President Barck Obama that prohibited Internet service providers from accessing personal information without the users’ consent. The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week. The resolution now goes to Trump who supports the repeal.
The rules had not yet gone into effect but would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. These providers already have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location. Under Obama’s regulation, these providers would have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared. The privacy rules were intended to give consumers extra control over their personal data online. House Republicans voted overwhelmingly, by a margin of 215-205.
The Federal Communications Commission rule was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information. But critics said the rule would have added costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies.
Here are some reactions on social media about the repeal on broadband privacy. Where do you stand on the issue? Let us know in the comments section.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 22, 2017
#BroadbandPrivacy shouldn’t be complicated. Our information belongs to us, not Comcast and Verizon.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 22, 2017
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) March 22, 2017
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBookerOffice) March 22, 2017
So how soon can I buy Mike Pence’s browsing history? #Broadbandprivacy
— Erik (@EDoggTheRed) March 28, 2017
From voting booths to our personal technology, Americans have a right to privacy. Votes & browsing history can’t be sold. #BroadbandPrivacy
— Cheri for the 197th (@CheriHonkala) March 28, 2017
We need never have a data breach again. The GOP has made that meaningless. Just buy from the ISP. Disgusting. #Broadbandprivacy
— Allison (@farawayeyes4) March 28, 2017
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 28, 2017
Congress’s joint resolution empowers Internet providers to enter the $83 billion market for online advertising now dominated by Google and Facebook. The Washington Post reported that this is a sign that companies such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be treated more permissively at a time when conservatives control both the executive and legislative branches.
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