House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

Posted April 04, 2017

In a 215-205 vote yesterday, March 28, members of the United States House of Representatives chose to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that overturns an internet privacy regulation yet to take effect. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

The Obama-era rules were already approved by the FCC, but haven't gone into effect. "It does provide an opportunity for President Trump, however".

The Republicans voted to allow internet service providers to sell your most intimate, most intimate personal information without your knowledge or your consent.

You might not realize this but right now, Facebook or Google tracks your internet searches and then sell your browsing history to advertisers. Other state and federal regulations aim to protect medical and financial records, but may not apply to internet service providers.

Despite the repeal being passed, there was staunch opposition, including from 15 Republicans who crossed the floor to vote against the measure.

"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favoured companies over another group of disfavored companies", Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said in a statement.

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One critic of the repeal, Mr Craig Aaron, president of Free Press advocacy group, said major Silicon Valley firms shied away from the fight over the rules because they profit from consumer data.

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.

"I don't think of it as game over", says Guliani, who predicts Republicans will face pushback from their constituents for the privacy vote.

Republicans and industry officials complained that the browsing and app history restrictions would have unfairly burdened internet providers, since other companies such as Google and Facebook don't have to abide by them.

A VPN (virtual private network) adds security and privacy to the Internet, public and private networks and WiFi hot spots.

The FCC rules prohibit broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast from following consumers around on the internet, recording their every action, and building huge databases that are sold to marketers and others. There is a long tradition of the government protecting such information.