President Trump just signed off on killing your Internet privacy protections

Posted April 05, 2017

President Donald Trump signed into law a resolution that repealed protections requiring Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing data.

Just after a few days Congress reversed the privacy policy and rules of the internet, the major ISP's (Internet service providers) clearly said, they will not share or sell customer browsing history.

"As we have pointed out, they have already tried numerous practices - including hijacking your searches - that they are now allowed to do thanks to the party-line vote in Congress". "We had the same protections in place the day before the Congressional resolution was passed, and we will have the same protections the day after President Trump signs the CRA into law", he said.

The Trump-appointed chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a critic of the broadband privacy rules and has said he wants to roll them back.

This, after the U.S. Senate passed the resolution that would effectively eliminate the rules FCC passed last October 2016 adopting the new Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules that would give broadband consumers "increased choice, transparency and security for their personal data".

"The FCC privacy rules are just another example of burdensome rules that hurt more than they help", said Texas Sen. They said privacy should be more important than profits, and "most Americans believe that their sensitive internet information should be closely guarded".

"The only people in the United States who want less internet privacy are CEOs and lobbyists for giant telecom companies who want to rake in money by spying on all of us and selling the private details of our lives to marketing companies", Greer continued.

Following the votes in Senate and the House, AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon promised that they don't now sell users' browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future.

Republicans and industry officials complained that the browsing and app history restrictions would have unfairly burdened internet providers, since other companies such as Google and Facebook don't have to abide by them.

These rules also required broadband providers to take reasonable measures to protect customer information, although those weren't spelled out.

Comcast said that it will update its privacy policy to make that more clear; AT&T already says in its policy that it "will not sell your personal information to anyone, for any goal".

Since the House vote last week, there has been renewed interest in online privacy and US web users have been searching for ways to keep their browsing habits away from prying eyes. "Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were created to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers", Pai wrote.

Those in support of the rule change have argued that keeping such information private would stop innovation and provide information that would be especially useful for advertisers and marketers. These companies, known as Internet Service Providers, would be able to monitor what their customers view online, where they shop and what they purchase, even what shows and movies they streamed online.