The Senate Voted to Strike Down an Internet Privacy Rule
- Author: Kyle Warner Mar 24, 2017,
Mar 24, 2017, 1:56
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to eliminate privacy rules that would have prevented internet service providers from collecting and selling sensitive user information from customers without first receiving permission.
The Senate voted to overturn the broadband privacy rules using the Congressional Review Act, which lets lawmakers undo regulations enacted in the last months of the Obama administration with a majority vote. Labor nominee faces Senate Dem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info MORE (Ore.) railed against the measure on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, saying it would leave consumers vulnerable.
The rules would be costly and burdensome, Republicans have claimed, and according to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would "make the internet an uneven playing field".
"President Trump may be outraged by fake violations of his own privacy, but every American should be alarmed by the very real violation of privacy that will result of the Republican roll-back of broadband privacy protections", Markey said in a statement after the vote.
The vote has also been attacked by Democratic commissioners at the both the FCC and FTC. They've also argued that privacy protections should remain the job of the Federal Trade Commission.
The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules also would have enforced new requirements for ISPs to report data breaches that may have harmed customers or put their data at risk.
Myth 2: Even if Congress repeals the FCC's recent privacy rules, the FCC still has authority to enforce consumer privacy protections more generally under Section 222 of the Communications Act.
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Regulations created to give consumers more control over their online privacy appear to be dead before they were even set to begin.
"This is an important victory for all who benefit from the data-driven marketing economy, including tens of thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations and hundreds of millions of consumers", Data & Marketing Association Senior Vice President Emmett O'Keefe said today in a statement.
Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said the vote marked a rout for consumers. Flake is chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy and technology.
If the resolution is successful, your internet provider will be able to track where you go online, what you look at, and a host of other things, and then sell that information to other companies - and they won't need to ask for your permission or notify that they are doing this.
Now that you've heard the FUD ISPs and the advertising industry are spreading, take a moment and help us protect your privacy from data-hungry ISPs: call Congress today and tell your senators and representative not to repeal the FCC's ISP privacy rules!
"The FCC rules were carefully created to give broadband customers greater choice and security for their private data", he said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., that uses the Congressional Review Act to prevent privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission previous year from taking effect.
To begin with, it's worth remembering that ISPs and companies like Google or Facebook see entirely different parts of your Internet activity; namely that Google or Facebook only see the traffic you send to their servers, while ISPs see all your traffic.