House votes to overturn internet privacy protections

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".

The bill first passed the Senate in a vote of 50 to 48, along party lines.

Republicans in the House have followed the Senate in overturning an Obama-era broadband privacy regulation that set tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T could do with customers' personal information.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Republican-pushed bill. GOP lawmakers said they care about consumer privacy every bit as much as Democrats did but that it would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.

You might not realize this but right now, Facebook or Google tracks your internet searches and then sell your browsing history to advertisers.

"This will allow service providers to be treated fairly and consumer protection and privacy concerns to be viewed on an equal playing field", Spicer said at a White House briefing Thursday.

The rules bar internet providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content and prohibit giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway, to certain internet services.

"Give me one good reason why Comcast should know what my mother's medical problems are", said congressman Mike Capuano when the bill was being debated.

The vote comes as part of Republicans' efforts to strike down regulations issued during the final months of Democratic President Barack Obama's tenure.

U.S. Congress voted Tuesday to controversially repeal a number of regulations protecting internet users, which will open up the door for people's private internet history to be openly sold off by service providing companies.

The future of online privacy is in the hands of President Trump.

But on Tuesday, Congress approved a new measure to allow broadband companies to sell your personal information without your permission.

Marsha Blackburn was one of the foremost opponents of the FCC rule. "People's browsing data is really intimate and private, and reading that history is nearly like mind reading".

Privacy advocates, consumer groups and the tech community are all attacking the decision.

  • Leroy Wright