United States internet privacy law repealed

The Senate voted Friday to block it.

The vote comes as part of Republicans' efforts to strike down regulations issued during the final months of Democratic President Barack Obama's tenure. Still, Republicans in Congress voted to allow these corporations to profit off of their consumers, selling simple data to advertisers in order to make a quick buck. 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.

If the rules are enacted, the FCC would be in charge of regulation. "The best way to achieve that result would be to return jurisdiction over broadband providers' privacy practices to the FTC". Now the House has gone ahead and voted the same way, so internet users' privacy is now up for sale. She used the Congressional Review Act in a procedure that lets lawmakers scrap regulations recently created by government agencies.

"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.

Representative Michael Capuano, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Tuesday that Comcast could know his personal information because he looked up his mother's medical condition and his purchase history.

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. She said if consumers don't like Google's privacy protections, they can switch to another search engine, like Bing.

Last week, Pai said consumers would have privacy protections even without the Obama internet provider rules, but most sane people think that you must be smoking something to believe that is true. It also allows ISPs to use and share other information, including email addresses and service tier information, unless a customer "opts-out". Institutions should take care to reinforce privacy best practices with students and staff, including using VPNs, encrypted browsers, and clearing app and browsing history on all devices often. "Experts say federal law still requires broadband providers to protect customer information - but it doesn't spell out how or what companies must do", the Associated Press reported.

  • Zachary Reyes