President Donald Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 8:00
These rules proposed that the Internet Service Provider must take consent from the customers before selling their browsing history to the third party advertisers. Consumers, the thinking went, should have more of a choice about the kind of information their broadband providers can control and sell, because in the modern age they may not have much choice about whether to use the internet or what company to buy access from.
"As we have pointed out, they have already tried numerous practices - including hijacking your searches - that they are now allowed to do thanks to the party-line vote in Congress".
Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared. Now, if President Donald Trump signs the bill, it will be on legislators to craft privacy protections that they find more reasonable.
"We welcome President Trump's action today affirming Congress' decision to hit the reset button by stopping rules that would have created a confusing and conflicting consumer privacy framework", Jonathan Spalter, CEO of broadband industry trade group USTelecom, said in a statement.
It is great to hear that these three companies still value their customers' privacy and have no intention of making any additional money by selling individual web browsing data to advertisers.
OpenVPN put out a statement, saying that the latest FCC ruling on internet privacy will leave people to their own devices to protect themselves online. They didn't do it before, and they are not going to do it in future too.
In addition, the resolution passed Monday prohibits the FCC from passing any other privacy restrictions that would protect customers' data. He and other Republicans want a different federal agency, the Federal Trade Commission, to police privacy for both broadband companies like AT&T and internet companies like Google, which do not have to ask users' permission before tracking what websites they visit. Proponents of the bill argue that the FCC rules being revoked were never in force, having only been voted for last October, adding how it isn't fair to prevent ISPs from harvesting user data in the same way that Internet giants like Google and Facebook already do. "We did not do it before the FCC's rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so". This week, 46 Senate Democrats urged Trump not to sign the bill, arguing most Americans "believe that their private information should be just that".
When this bill gets signed, online users searches will be seen as the property of the internet provider.