Congress Votes to Repeal Internet Privacy Protections

Randall Craig
April 10, 2017

Websites such as Google and Facebook have always been tracking and selling our browsing history and habits on the internet.

The measures would remove FCC rules enacted a year ago that required Internet service providers, or ISPs, such as Comcast (CMCSA), Charter (CHTR), AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) to follow new rules to protect consumers' privacy.

"They're getting emails, they're getting phone calls, they're getting text messages, geo-location information, everything". You're just a victim of this thing and that's what's not right about it.

The rules bar internet providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content and prohibit giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway, to certain internet services.

"The FCC didn't embrace a technology-neutral framework for privacy", Jon Leibowitz, co-chair of the industry group 21st Century Privacy Coalition, told reporters in the wake of the House vote. S.J. Res. 34 now goes to President Trump for his signature and, according to, Trump's advisers would recommend he sign the bill into law.

Violation of online privacy especially by the CIA and the NSA (National Security Agency) has been the subject of lingering debate in the United States as the two spy agencies have already been accused of using social networking sites to gather personal information of people worldwide.

Some privacy sponsors are claiming that ISP should now be known as, "Information Sold for Profit".

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. Popular Internet Service Providers include Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. Websites are governed by a less restrictive set of privacy rules overseen by the Federal Trade Commission.

This brings to a very important question-should we be anxious?

"The move isn't surprising", says Ari Scharg, a privacy advocate with the Digital Privacy Alliance. "And as we all know, privacy shouldn't be about who collects information, it should be about what information is collected and how it is used". "The fight is now limited at a time when grassroots activism is boosting".

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