Trump supports repeal of Internet privacy protections

Privacy advocates haven't given up the fight after the U.S. Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell customers' browsing histories and other personal information without their permission. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rules, saying that the rules target internet providers while offering an advantage to other web companies like Facebook and Google, which are not bound by the FCC.

President Trump is expected to sign the resolution.

The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week.

"We are one step closer to a world where ISPs can snoop on our traffic, sell our private information to the highest bidder, and pre-install spyware on our mobile phones", Jeremy Gillula, a senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told BuzzFeed. What people aren't waiting to do, however: freak out about the official loss of much of their privacy online once the bill bucking the Obama-promoted regulations is signed.

Republican commissioners have said the rules would unfairly give websites the ability to harvest more data than internet service providers.

The FCC's sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission, can bring privacy complaints against web-based companies that aren't ISPs, but the FTC can't create privacy regulations.

Republicans next plan to overturn net neutrality provisions that in 2015 reclassified broadband providers and treated them like a public utility. "With a proven record of safeguarding consumer privacy, internet providers will continue to work on innovative new products that follow "privacy-by-design" principles and honor the FTC's successful consumer protection framework".

House Republicans passed a bill Tuesday that will allow internet service providers to continue to sell users' browsing habits to advertisers.

On Tuesday, Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections.

  • Carolyn Briggs