House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

A similar CRA was passed by the Senate last week, and the White House has confirmed in a statement that President Donald Trump will sign the regulation rollback. "Overwhelmingly, the American people do not agree with Republicans that this information should be sold, and it certainly should not be sold without your permission", Pelosi said.

USA internet service providers will soon no longer need consent from users to share browsing history with marketers and other third parties.

Now, your internet service provider (like Comcast and AT&T) have the wonderful ability to sell the data they collect on their users to whichever advertiser or corporation that hopes to obtain it for whatever goal they want.

Republicans and industry groups have blasted that discrepancy, saying it is unfair and confusing for consumers.

For one thing, it will officially end the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) online privacy regulations.

Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.

"We are talking about taking privacy rights away from individuals if we suddenly eliminate this rule", Nelson said. Requiring the service providers to adhere to FCC rules put them at a disadvantage to companies such as Facebook (FB) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), which only had to adhere to the FTC regulations. Congress has only given the commission authority over telecommunications companies, so the FCC couldn't have come up with rules that applied to other businesses even if it wanted to.

Dallas Harris of the consumer group Public Knowledge said lawmakers "voted to strip Americans of the strongest online privacy protections to date" and added that "there will be no effective federal cop on the beat to proactively protect consumer information".

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Broadband providers do not now fall under FTC jurisdiction, and advocates say it has historically been a weaker agency than the FCC.

The US Senate voted along party lines to repeal the protections, and the House of Representatives affirmed the decision, which will prevent the regulations from coming into effect. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with overseeing online privacy practices, and has done so well, bringing more than 500 cases to protect consumer privacy and security.

"Internet users were stuck with a two-sided approach that causes confusion and dampens competition", said Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from OH, during a debate before the vote.

The future of online privacy is now in President Trump's hands. The resolution now goes to Trump's desk.

Critics of the countermeasure backed by the Republicans warn that ISPs will be now free to sell customers' private data without their consent. And the big Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are thrilled.

"They no longer have the freedom to decide how to control their own information", said Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania.

Lawmakers speaking against the bill claim that former President Barack Obama's October rules provided consumers additional privacy. Consumers have little - if any - choice of Internet Service Providers, because government severely restricts competition. Approved past year, the rules required that ISPs get your explicit permission before selling "sensitive data" like your browsing history.

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