House sends bill scrapping online privacy regulation to Trump

Ken Copeland
April 10, 2017

But on Thursday, more than 40 Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signed a letter urging President Trump to veto the bill on behalf of consumers, the Huffington Post reported. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location. The House of Representatives and the Senate together voted to cancel the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy started in the fading days of the Obama management that had not yet left its effect.

Privacy advocates, consumer groups and the tech community are outraged with republicans for repealing internet privacy protections.

Be prepared to bid adieu to your online privacy.

The canceled rule had set out to give more control to users over their online privacy, making sure that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would have to inform their users prior to sharing and collecting your online data about your behavior on Internet.

The House of Representatives approved legislation on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, that will repeal FCC guidelines created late a year ago to protect user data.

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Earlier this month, two dozen Republican senators filed a joint resolution to cancel the new privacy rules imposed on Internet service providers and to prevent the FCC from taking similar action in the future.

Currently, with sites that collected personal data such as Facebook and Google, you have the option to opt out of the collection of your data. However, the vote was closer this time with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to retain the rule. "I don't want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it". "Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet", he said.

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services.

"Most people can't simply walk away from their Internet service provider", says Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel at the ACLU. Republicans and industry groups have blasted that discrepancy, saying it was unfair and confusing for consumers.

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