What the death of broadband privacy rules means

Brittany BishopApr 04, 2017

Barack Obama's introduction of several internet privacy provisions shortly before his departure from the Oval Office has been reversed by the US Congress following a vote on Tuesday.

"President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans", said the ACLU's Neema Singh Guliani. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, and the chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, say that the commission's privacy rule is unfair because it applies only to broadband companies and not to Internet businesses like Google and Facebook.

Those against it say it puts profits over privacy and argue your internet provider has access to more of your private information than Facebook or Google does. He said the regulations picked "winners and losers", benefiting certain companies over others. "We will not disclose personally-identifying information collected through our website to third parties except as provided in this privacy policy", according to CMG's website. A similar CRA was passed by the Senate last week, and the White House has confirmed in a statement that President Donald Trump will sign the regulation rollback.

"Congress should know by now that when you come for the Internet, the Internet comes for you", Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement before the vote.

The House voted 215 to 205 in favor of striking the regulations, following the Senate's resolution to do so last week.

"It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the internet", Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo said on the floor.

In addition to storing and potentially selling your internet browsing history, ISPs will be able to quickly collect plenty of other data without necessarily informing you about what's going on.

She added: "If the Republicans are allowed to do this, we have surrendered all thoughts of privacy for the American people". The rule was scheduled to go into effect later this year.

Web surfers willing to pony up a few extra bucks for privacy can also purchase a VPN, or virtual private network, which encrypts traffic so browsing history can't be traced.

"Tor browser is a very secure tool that bounces your traffic several times around the world before it goes to your destination", he said.

What information is my Internet service provider collecting about me? At least 13 states require businesses to have reasonable security practices.

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