House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation


"It is unnecessary, confusing, and adds yet another innovation-stifling regulation to the Internet", Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who drafted the bill to repeal the FCC's privacy rules, said earlier this month. Last week, the Senate voted to revoke the rules. However, Congress passed a bill that kills the regulations; President Trump signaled he would sign the bill. But lawmakers used their authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to pass a joint resolution ensuring that the rules "shall have no force or effect' and that the FCC can not issue similar regulations in the future".

The Federal Communications Commission rule, issued during the final months of the Obama administration, was created to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information.

If President Trump signs the legislation, internet giants will be able to gather customers' location, financial and health information, and web browsing history to sell to advertisers. "There should not be one standard for internet service providers and another for other online companies".

The resolution got no support from democrats. and 15 republicans joined in opposing the move.

Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, "worries that personal data could be used for discriminatory advertising practices, like showing ads for high-interest loans only to low-income consumers, or prices for products that vary based on the user's income information".

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Websites are governed by a less restrictive set of privacy rules overseen by the Federal Trade Commission.

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. She said if consumers don't like Google's privacy protections, they can switch to another search engine, like Bing.

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.

The measure is a victory for the ISPs, which have argued that the regulation would put them at a disadvantage compared with so-called edge providers, like Google and Facebook. There is a long tradition of the government protecting such information.

A virtual private network, or VPN, is one option to protect your online activity. At least 13 states require businesses to have reasonable security practices.