Senate Votes to Reverse FCC Consumer Internet Privacy Rules

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The Senate's vote was to reverse a set of rules passed late in the Obama administration that required your internet provider to obtain your consent before selling data about you to third parties.

Thursday's vote was largely along party lines, with Republicans voting to kill the FCC's privacy rules and Democrats voting to keep them. The House could vote on a similar measure next week.

The FCC rules are confusing and costly and "make the internet an uneven playing field", said Senator Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and Senate majority leader. The two remaining Republicans in the Senate were absent and did not cast a vote.

The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data on everything from web browsing history to geo-location information.

Myth 1: If the FCC's privacy rules are repealed, state officials and the Federal Trade Commission will fill the gap - so customers' privacy will still be protected. Markey continued. "The American public wants us to strengthen privacy protections, not weaken them". "The broadband privacy rules are not some kind of blitzkrieg attack on monetizing consumer data", he said.

The FCC privacy rules for ISPs have been doomed since President Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai, also a critic of the regulations, to head the FCC.

The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

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The Senate voted 50:48 in favor of S.J.

"This is an important victory for all who benefit from the data-driven marketing economy, including tens of thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations and hundreds of millions of consumers", Data & Marketing Association Senior Vice President Emmett O'Keefe said today in a statement. Jeff Flake proposed the bill earlier this month.

"The FCC's midnight regulation has the potential to limit consumer choice, stifle innovation, and jeopardize data security by destabilizing the internet ecosystem", said Flake. He said self-regulation would allow broadband companies to write their own privacy rules and ignore "reasonable" data security practices. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), ranking member of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, also hammered Republicans over the effort.

"The FCC rules were carefully created to give broadband customers greater choice and security for their private data", he said.

Senate Democrats argued that the difference between the ISPS who are subject to the rules and edge providers who are not is that ISP's can track folks everywhere they go, and there is little competition for service if users don't want to be tracked.

Back in October of 2016, the FCC passed some pretty awesome rules that would bar your internet service provider (ISP) from invading your privacy.

Section 222 of the Communications Act is the underlying authorization for the rules the FCC has already adopted, but if Congress passes a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the rules, whether or not the FCC can pass new rules using that authority will be an open question.

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