What the Death of Broadband Privacy Rules Means

Phillip Butler
March 31, 2017

"The vote in Congress to repeal the broadband privacy rules, allowing internet service providers to spy on their customers and sell their data without consent, is a awful setback for the American public", said Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America.

The FCC, then chaired by Democrat Tom Wheeler, passed those rules to require Internet Service Providers to ask customers' permission to collect, use and sell personal information.

"Moving forward, I want the American people to know that the FCC will work with the FTC to ensure that consumers' online privacy is protected though a consistent and comprehensive framework", Pai said in a statement.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a tweet the vote was "Terrible for American ppl, great for big biz".

WASHINGTON -US lawmakers have voted to roll back rules that could prevent internet service provider (ISP) companies from selling users' data to third parties without their consent.

Outrage is growing at Republicans following a controversial vote Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration.

But with President Trump's blessing on the bill, telecommunications companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will be free to continue selling their users' online users' private data, most notably information about their "web browsing and app usage", according to the bill. Those companies fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission.

"If S.J.Res. 34 were presented to the President, his advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law". He said the privacy protections were "commonsense measures" that would have ensured internet users continue to have control over their personal information. Also, wiretapping laws, and various state laws, are already on the books to protect consumers' internet searches.

Privacy groups will continue to push to protect consumers, said Katharina Kopp, policy director at the Center for Digital Democracy.

Politicotweeted overnight that the House voted "nearly unanimously to revoke broadband privacy rules".

It's ironic that the GOP, a party that defends privacy when it comes to secure IDs, prescription drug databases and anonymous campaign donations, think nothing of dumping internet privacy rules. Technically, ISPs have always been able to do this, but the rules would've changed that in favor of consumer privacy.

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