Donald Trump signs bill repealing U.S. internet privacy rules

The 45th U.S. President signed the repeal on Monday, shortly after the Republican-led Congress barely managed to pass the polarizing bill that was harshly criticized by opposition and privacy advocacy groups.

The signing, disclosed in White House statement late on Monday, follows strong criticism of the Bill, which is a win for AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc.

Chief privacy officer of Comcast clearly said they don't sell customer's individual web browsing history. For them, the rules excluded internet companies like Facebook and Google, which could use its users' online data.

Killing the FCC's rule means "there will be no privacy rules governing broadband providers", FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Terrell McSweeny, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, wrote March 31 in the Los Angeles Times. Even if they promise to protect the clients' privacy, this might not happen.

Privacy advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation opposed the rollback of the law and have argued that privacy protections are desperately needed to keep consumers safe.

The rules had not yet taken effect but would have required internet providers to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and marketing.

President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday repealing privacy regulations first mandated under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) while it was under the chairmanship of Democrat Tom Wheeler previous year, according to multiple reports and an industry source.

Trump's decision "appropriately invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the internet", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, according to Reuters. "He also added that those flawed privacy rules adopted in last October, which never went into effect, were created to benefit one group of favoured companies, not online consumers", reported CNBC. Considering the fact that most Americans have only one internet provider in their area, they have to accept what they are doing.

Since the House vote last week, there has been renewed interest in online privacy and USA web users have been searching for ways to keep their browsing habits away from prying eyes.

President Donald Trump just signed a bill that will roll back proposed restrictions on the sale of your private browsing information.

  • Leroy Wright