Congress Overturns Internet Privacy Regulation

Following a party-line vote in the Senate last week, the House approved a resolution Tuesday that would overturn a broadband privacy regulation the Federal Communications Commission adopted in October.

Those Obama-era rules would have required service providers to get customer permission before selling the information for targeted advertisements.

Providers will also be free to sell user data directly to marketers, financial firms and other companies that mine personal data, all of whom would be free to use the data without consumers' consent. Therefore, the finalization of the bill is up to the hands of President Donald Trump.

Other Republicans like Rep. Leonard Lance, Republican for New Jersey, said the inconsistent rules were actually harming consumers, by creating a false sense of privacy. However, the vote was closer this time with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to retain the rule. There was a prior voting, which also tackled the matter last week between the Senates and it now ultimately depends on the president and with a hint of the White House's support for the repeal as CNN reported.

Ajit Pai, the new head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said the repeal would help level the online playing field.

The FCC internet privacy. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T can do with information such as your internet history, hadn't yet gone into effect.

"President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs, but for all Americans, said the ACLU's Neema Singh Guliani". The FCC promulgated a rule that requires the ISP to give you a choice of whether you want this information shared with third parties.

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

Proponents say current regulations stifle innovation, forcing providers to abide by strict guidelines. In essence, your ISP ould sell your personal information without your permission-a potentially grave scenario, considering it's quite hard to prevent monitoring by internet providers. It's a insane world to put it mildly; it basically means you have no right to privacy whenever you are online.

He says with the regulation now scrapped, though it would be possible in theory to go to an internet provider and buy a person's browsing history it would not work out that way in reality.

For the most part, data-driven marketing relies on the fact that people don't know they're being tracked.

  • Zachary Reyes