House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulationBy Norman Carr Apr 04, 2017
"The ISPs, data-marketing companies, and their supporters are also fighting against the privacy rule because they know we are also on the eve of a new era-the Internet of Things-that will generate even more personal information about us", Chester writes.
On Tuesday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Joint Resolution 34, which calls for the repeal of this rule. The Senate had already voted to the block it. The President still has the ability to veto this legislation, and though I wish we could rely on President Trump to do so, his recent actions have me very skeptical.
There's nothing particularly conservative about allowing telecom companies to collect personal information without permission.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the repeal ensures Internet service providers are treated the same as online businesses like Facebook and Google, which are not required to receive permission from users.
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But Walsh, one of the few top women in the West Wing, was never a likely fit in the Trump administration. The White House has refused to comment on the Times report , but has not dismissed it outright.
Republican Representative Greg Walden said the bill would roll back "short-sighted rules that only apply to only one part of the internet", and exempt the big online firms like Google and Facebook. In addition to repealing the previously-enacted rules, the resolution prohibits the FCC from passing any new privacy restrictions to protect users. She said if consumers don't like Google's privacy protections, they can switch to another search engine, like Bing.
Republicans repeatedly discounted the privacy benefits generated by the rule. As long as free choice can not protect the consumer, rules like this are necessary.
The regulations, introduced at the end of Barack Obama's second presidential term, attracted strong criticism from Republicans, who argued that they created an unfair playing field in the digital advertising market. A VPN, or virtual private network, is one option to protect your online identity. The data that these providers can access and sell are incredibly invasive and far more worthy of protection for all American citizens than the tax returns of our President.
Only a few states regulate specific practices by broadband providers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state laws. There is a long tradition of the government protecting such information.
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