Internet privacy bill vote coming in the House

"This resolution is a direct attack on consumer rights, on privacy, on rules that afford basic protection against intrusive and illegal interference with consumers' use of social media sites and websites that often they talk for granted", Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in the Senate today ahead of the vote.

Fight for the Future was instrumental in the massive grassroots campaign that successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the strongest net neutrality protections in United States. history previous year.

The House on Tuesday afternoon is expected to approve and send to President Trump's desk a bill that would block the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Under the rules, information such as one's SSN, email contents, browsing history, precise geo-location, app usage, and health and financial information were defined as sensitive personal data.

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ISPs are required to take "reasonable measures" to keep consumer data secure.

Under the regulations, cable and wireless companies that offer broadband service would need customer approval to share all but nonsensitive data. Under the regulations, many more people likely would have chosen not to allow their to be shared than if they had to take an extra step of asking a company to stop sharing or selling their information. Most ISP and software users fail to read the fine print in privacy consent forms that may be hundreds of pages long and filled with legal gobbledy gook. Bulk aggregate information, like how much data you used, were classified as non-sensitive and could be managed via opt-out.

And the tricky issue is that the way Congress is trying to repeal these rules, it forbids the FCC from putting any similar rules in place in the future.

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"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", Emmett O'Keefe, the DMA's advocacy svp, said in a statement.

Although the US Senate voted in favor of this proposal, it will still have to pass through the House of Representatives. The FTC as a consumer protection group gets to tell internet giants what they can and cannot do with your information, but this does not include the ISPs, just companies that operate on the web.

The measure passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. That order essentially established rules for keeping the internet in the US unbiased by ISPs by denying them the ability to block lawful content, throttle certain websites (decrease their data delivery speeds), or accept fees for increasing the delivery speeds for certain websites' data (creating "internet fast lanes"). Your online privacy could be a thing of the past, forever.

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"The FCC's flawed broadband privacy rules will have a chilling effect on internet innovation and competition", said Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Technology Association. "They shouldn't be able to profit off of the information about what you search for, read about, purchase and more without your consent".


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