House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

  • House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

The rules would have barred internet service providers (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, etc.) from selling sensitive information to advertisers without their customers' permission.

Similar robocalls will be used against approximately 14 other Republicans around the nation, mostly those in swing districts who also voted to reverse the FCC privacy rule. NAY = 15 Republicans and 190 Democrats, total 205.

Unlike Google, Facebook and their affiliated sites, which internet users can avoid with a little inconvenience, internet service providers are a requirement to access the internet, and in most markets they hold a monopoly or near-monopoly.

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. "If President Trump allows this bill to become law, his Administration will place new burdens on hard-working Americans and their families -who will be at the mercy of a handful of digital giants". The Privacy rules would have given internet consumers control over their online personal data. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the FCC also can not issue similar regulations in the future.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the repeal ensures Internet service providers are treated the same as online businesses like Facebook and Google, which are not required to receive permission from users. Should the bill be presented to President Donald Trump, the statement reads, "his advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law".

Under the rules, Internet service providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and Web browsing history for advertising and marketing. He went on to add, "At the end of the day, the willingness of the FCC and the FTC to use their authority effectively is what will determine whether the consumers are protected".

The Trump-appointed chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, a critic of the broadband privacy rules said they could discourage new investments.

"This is, I think, a political disagreement as to what alphabet soup agency should be making the rules", said Tamashasky.