Trump signs resolution repealing internet privacy protectionsBy Norman Carr Apr 05, 2017
The White House has indicated that Trump will sign it. As it is, the current administration just landed a significant blow to privacy advocates, Recode reports. In a blog posting, Gerard Lewis, Comcast's senior privacy officer, said the company has never sold web browsing histories and doesn't plan to start, even if it's legal to do so.
The dawning reality is that telecoms giants including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, are now free to collect and leverage the browsing histories of subscribers - no matter how sensitive - in order to better target them with advertising and other marketing.
"We should be outraged at the invasion that's being allowed on our most intimate means of communication", said Limmer in an interview with Pioneer Press.
As expected, President Trump today signed a resolution that will repeal Obama-era Internet privacy regulations.
"Our industry remains committed to offering services that protect the privacy and security of the personal information of our customers".
The vote from the Senate and House had attracted a major backlash from voters across the party lines. But websites will not need the same consent.
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The rules passed previous year, by what was then a Democratic majority on the FCC, would have required ISPs to ask you explicitly to "opt in" to letting them share personal information. This rule would have made that more hard.
The Obama-backed rules - which would have taken effect later this year - would have banned Internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of customer information without user consent. "Consumers deserve the right to make their own decisions about access, use, and sale of their personal, sensitive internet data by their broadband provider".
They will, however, still be subject to a patchwork of privacy and security regulations, as well as state laws across the U.S., which will inhibit them from selling the data outright to the highest bidder.
Backlash over the overturned FCC regulations hasn't faded. On Tuesday, Temkin started a fundraiser to defray the cost.
Internet privacy rules put in place under President Barack Obama are no more. On Thursday, 46 Senate Democratswrote a letter to the president urging him to veto the measure. This includes information like one's search history-information about health, finances, and other private matters-as well as their location and the applications they use. Emphasizing, however, that the FTC "cannot regulate broadband providers due to a congressionally mandated exception for common carriers", an official at Public Knowledge warned that, "once President Trump signs this resolution, there will be no effective federal cop on the beat to proactively protect consumer information collected by ISPs".
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