Internet privacy repeal headed to Oval Office

Meanwhile, according to Brian Funk of The Washington Post, the October regulation would have barred internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of personal information, including browsing histories, app usage data, location information and more without the consent of users.

"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies", Pai said.

The resolution narrowly passed both the Senate (last week) and the House (Tuesday) and is headed to the President's desk, although the Dems are hoping to stay the President's pen hand.

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday reversing Barack Obama-era online privacy protections that imposed severe restrictions on what Internet service providers could do with their data about their customers' browsing behaviour. The Republicans voted to allow internet service providers to sell your most intimate, most intimate personal information without your knowledge or your consent. The White House had earlier said that the new USA president strongly supported the repeal of the rules. But the vote was closer this time than previous rescind efforts, with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to keep the rule in place. For one thing, it will officially end the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) online privacy regulations. On Wednesday, the White House said President Trump plans to sign the bill.

Lobbyists for the ISPs have argued that the FCC rules went against competitive neutrality (the same rules do not apply to Google and Facebook).

"They can use your information and sell it to the highest bidder", warned Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo of California.

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. Providers typically offer the choice to opt out, but consumers may not even be aware of this data collection - let alone how to get out of it. "Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet", he said.

Hager suggests getting a VPN also known a private virtual network. In the predominantly ad-supported business model followed by the internet, the ability to leverage this information can be financially crucial.

  • Arturo Norris