Just So You Know, Republicans Just Voted To Sell Your Internet Privacy
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 10:49
An Internet and Television Association statement called the repeal "an important step towards restoring consumer privacy protections that apply consistently".
No democrats voted to approve the bill, saying it's an attack on privacy.
In the 52-50 vote along party lines, Senate Republicans pushed the bill to the House where yesterday it sailed breezily to passage with another down-the-aisle vote.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Campus Technology that a majority of Americans want the privacy provision in place to keep data about their browsing and communication habits from being sold to the highest bidder. "We need to have an opt-in or an opt-out provision where we have to give our permission before this stuff is sold". "Our broadband providers know deeply personal information about us and our families".
Republicans claim the FCC's rules confuse customers because they only cover Internet providers and not companies like Google and Facebook.
The planned protections were proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and would have prevented ISPs and broadband providers from selling information, including where customers bank, shop, browse, their political views and even sexual orientation.
Congress passed a bill gutting internet privacy protections this week and now Democratic Senators are making a Hail Mary effort to convince the president to veto the legislation when it reaches his desk. That information would be particularly useful for advertisers and marketers.
The FCC privacy rules have proven contentious, to put it mildly, with strong feelings on both sides.
The move would allow them to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook in the lucrative digital advertising market.
"There are a lot of companies that are very concerned about drawing attention to themselves and being regulated on privacy issues, and are sitting this out in a way that they haven't sat out previous privacy issues", Aaron said. "Appropriately, Congress has passed a resolution to reject this approach of picking winners and losers before it takes effect". "ACA members remain committed to maintaining their commendable record of protecting subscriber privacy".
In the Obama-era net neutrality overhaul, the Federal Trade Commission, which could have addressed privacy concerns, lost its jurisdiction over Internet service providers.