White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal

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White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal
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04 April, 2017

Earlier this week, Congress passed a bill to repeal the FCC privacy rules set by the previous administration, giving internet service providers (ISP) the power of collecting and selling all your internet history and other personal data. The rule would have prohibited Internet service providers from selling the browsing history of their customers.

The White House said it "strongly supports" the repeal.

The House voted to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration.

The Federal Communications Commission rule was created to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information. The FCC's rule applied only to broadband companies and not to platforms such as Google and Facebook, which mine similar data on a similar scale.

The new rules would enable Internet service providers such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, to mine information they had collected from the browsing activity of their consumers for highly targeted advertising, an $83 billion market now dominated by Facebook and Google.

Quinn said it's "flatly untrue" that Congress' actions would eliminate all legal protections on the use of customer information and argued "some folks are ignoring the facts".

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The vote was a win for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast and Verizon Communications Inc. "And they're doing everything they can to sell your most personal information".

Mast defeated Democrat Randy Perkins last November, receiving 54 percent of the vote to succeed Democrat Patrick Murphy. If anyone hoped that President Donald Trump might come to his senses and decide against signing the bill, you should know that won't happen. In that blog, Jeff Chester, executive director of the D.C. -based center, added that the push by the ISPs and ad industry lobbyists to put consumer privacy in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission rather than the FCC is a mistake.

Internet companies like Google don't have to ask users' permission before tracking what sites they visit.

"Click through that privacy policy, figure out what the collection processes are, and either change your preferences from within that website, or decide you're going to take your business elsewhere, that's still an option for consumers", Luehr said.

During a floor debate, she said that, "Republicans want this (private) information to be sold without your permission". The FCC also failed to distinguish between sensitive data, such as a user's health history, and less sensitive data, such as what newspaper a user likes to read.


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