Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation


Trump signed a resolution, which passed Congress with only Republican votes, to repeal the privacy rule adopted previous year by Democrats at the Federal Communications Commission.

Asked if someone can now buy another person's browsing history, and FCC spokesman responded this way: "I can't comment on hypothetical, but the FCC retains the authority to protect consumer privacy on a case-by-case basis". "Consumers should feel confident that the steps taken today won't change anything other than clearing the path for regulators to institute uniform privacy rules that will keep their sensitive information private and secure".

It's official. All of your internet browsing history is now for sale.

President Trump signed a bill that scraps a Federal Communications Commission online privacy regulation issued in October to give consumers more control over how companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share that information. "Without these rules, broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast are free to sell browsing history and other sensitive data without consumer consent". "We did not do it before the FCC's rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so".

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a repeal of online privacy rules that would have limited the ability of ISPs to share or sell customers' browsing history for advertising purposes.

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The repeal is a victory for internet service providers and a loss for consumer groups. The Online Trust Alliance, for instance, points out that the info that ISPs will be allowed to continue to collect goes deeper than surfing histories-most ISPs in the USA are also pay-TV providers, so viewership data could allow the profiling to become even more granular over time, as platforms for data-crunching become more sophisticated. But that can be a hard process, and many providers don't readily provide information on how to do so.

But public interest groups, congressional Democrats, and even "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert have blasted the repeal of the rules.

Actor Misha Collins has raised more than $86,000 in the last six days in a similar GoFundMe campaign, although he's well short of his $500 million goal. "Once they realize there is more money to be made and a market to targeting a specific individual, your web habits will become increasingly attached to you".

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, from Wisconsin, has received more than 23,000 votes, while Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican and fierce critic of the now-overturned FCC privacy rules, has gotten more than 17,000 votes. "In an era of the USA government focusing on alleged wiretaps and cyber-spying, we are now effectively handing this same data over to broadband providers to sell and share as they like".

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