President Trump Will Decide If Internet Providers Can Sell User Data
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 23:13
"The Administration strongly supports House passage of S.J.Res. 34, which would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's final rule titled "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunication Services", 81 Fed". Proponents of the repeal argue the regulations stifle innovation by forcing Internet providers to abide by unreasonably strict guidelines.
The House of Representatives has voted to overturn a nationwide regulation meant to stop companies from selling your personal information without consent.
Last week, the US Senate voted to permit ISPs to share - or sell - customers' browsing histories and other data without permission.
Leading Democrat Nancy Pelosi said the Republican-led effort was putting profits over the privacy concerns of Americans.
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.
Democrats blasted Republicans for betraying the privacy rights of consumers.
That information would be particularly useful for advertisers and marketers.
Despite the repeal being passed, there was staunch opposition, including from 15 Republicans who crossed the floor to vote against the measure.
The US Congress has voted to overturn what had been the strongest privacy protections afforded to broadband customers.
"Broadband customers rely on the FCC to ensure that ISPs protect their personal information", Duarte said.
"If S J Res 34 were presented to the president, his advisers would recommend that he sign the bill into law", the Trump regime said. "And no one will be able to protect you, not even the Federal Trade Commission that our friends on the other side of the aisle keep talking about". Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said allowing the FCC and FTC to regulate different swaths of consumers' Internet use would "create confusion within the Internet ecosystem and end up harming consumers". The FCC put rules into place that prevented ISPs from selling such data unless users opted in. Originally, the plan is to apply for the same protection on particular corporations, but the Congress agreed with removing the privacy rule altogether for what seemed to be a "faster and more efficient way of handling things". In addition, small internet providers and networking companies are opposing Congress's move to abolish privacy protections.