Congress votes to eliminate privacy rules for internet providers

On Tuesday, the US Congress voted to eliminate the online privacy rules of ISPs (Internet Service Providers).

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to repeal internet privacy protections approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October by the Obama administration.

Burgess, who led the House Republican debate, said broadband providers are held to a different standard than content giants like Google and Facebook, which already collect some user data, under an existing system in which the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission share aspects of regulation.

The US House of Representatives has voted to repeal the FCC's broadband privacy rules, following a similar vote the week before by the Senate, Reuters reported.

The vote is part of an extensive effort that Republicans have undertaken to void an array of regulations issued during the final months of Democratic President Barack Obama's tenure.

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"The Republican-controlled Congress wants broadband companies to use and sell sensitive information about Americans' health, finances, and even children, without consent", Markey said in a statement.

"We are anxious about the global tendency to invade Internet users' privacy, and we are glad we can offer a reliable tool that helps people keep their information private".

"I don't think of it as game over", says Guliani, who predicts Republicans will face pushback from their constituents for the privacy vote.

Under the rules passed in October a year ago, allowed consumers to prevent ISPs from sharing data such as app and browsing histories and mobile locations. But defenders of the privacy rules say they are the only thing preventing broadband companies from spying on their customers and selling that data to the highest bidder.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that previous year, the FCC had pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of "favoured companies over another group of disfavoured companies".

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The chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, echoed this argument in a statement praising lawmakers. Once this is signed by the president, it will be up to them just how creepy internet service providers can get.

Supporters of the move said it would increase competition, but critics said it would have a "chilling effect" on online privacy.

"President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans, said the ACLU's Neema Singh Guliani".

Privacy advocates are specifically frustrated because the privacy rules are being repealed using the Congressional Review Act, which has been used seven times since January.

When the FCC passed the rules, the organization was composed of three Democrats and two Republicans.

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