Congress votes to eliminate privacy rules for internet providers

On Tuesday, Republicans in Congress passed the repeal of an Internet privacy rule implemented by the FCC previous year.

Internet service providers' ad targeting capabilities have been given a significant boost in the U.S. after congress repealed an Obama-era internet privacy law, allowing them to share customer data with marketers and other third parties without the need for customer consent.

Congress voted yesterday, 215 to 205, to follow suit, passing a resolution to overturn the Obama-era rules.

Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle, a Pittsburgh Democrat, lead the charge against passing of the bill. But with the regulations made invalid, internet service providers can sell the information-unless you opt out. They say it's not fair Facebook and Google profit off internet searches while the companies selling you your internet service can not. She said if consumers don't like Google's privacy protections, they can switch to another search engine, like Bing.

You should be very, very scared each and every one of you, very, very scared. Oftentimes, this private information is used for targeted advertising.

For Sale: your online browsing history.

The regulations would have required internet service providers to get permission before selling your information to marketers. The rule was scheduled to go into effect later this year.

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

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Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to reverse the rules in a win for AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Communications.

Opponents blasted it as a huge loss of online privacy for internet users. He called the rule an effort to strip the agency of that role.

"The internet has become the wonderful tool that it is because it is largely left untouched by regulation and that shouldn't stop now", McCarthy said.

All but 15 republicans approved the bill, saying the law was government overreach. Now the House has gone ahead and voted the same way, so internet users' privacy is now up for sale.

"It does provide an opportunity for President Trump", the Consumer Federation of America, a nonprofit organization, said in a statement Tuesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union urged Trump to veto the resolution.

"This will allow service providers to be treated fairly and consumer protection and privacy concerns to be viewed on an equal playing field", Spicer said at a White House briefing Thursday.

While everybody was busy discussing how disastrous the GOP health care plan (aka Trumpcare) had turned out, House Republicans quietly voted to take away your internet privacy.

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