In a rare political move that has united liberals and conservatives in outrage, the United States Congress has voted to repeal an array of internet privacy protections. S.J. Res. 34 now goes to President Trump for his signature and, according to whitehouse.gov, Trump's advisers would recommend he sign the bill into law.
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.
Be prepared to bid adieu to your online privacy.
While many are calling on the president to veto the measure, the White House said Tuesday it "strongly supports" the repeal.
"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies", Pai said.
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Now, cable companies and wireless providers could have greater access to: your browsing history, shopping habits, your apps, even your location - and they could sell it all to the highest bidder. The regulations aren't actually in place yet, and supporters of the bill say the rules unfairly prevent ISPs from collecting the same data that other companies, like Google and Facebook, already collect.
Representative Michael Burgess, a Republican, described the rules as "duplicative regulation" on the House floor and said the repeal would "level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market". However, the vote was closer this time with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to retain the rule.
Some privacy sponsors are claiming that ISP should now be known as, "Information Sold for Profit".
"It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the internet", Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo said on the floor. "Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?" Websites, like Facebook and Google, use opt-out policies.
The reversal is a win for AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. Republicans and industry groups have blasted that discrepancy, saying it was unfair and confusing for consumers.