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President Trump officially signs resolution to overturn FCC Internet privacy rules

President Trump officially signs resolution to overturn FCC Internet privacy rules

In the last week of March, the US Senate passed reduction of privacy regulations bill for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The new law amounts to a major blow to privacy groups like the ACLU [Amrican civil Liberties Union] and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had backed the Federal Communications Commission and its efforts under former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and his boss, former President Barack Obama.

The ruling side of the Republicans sitting in the U.S. Congress managed to pass the bill only recently despite a very strong opposition.

President Trump is expected to sign this legislation in the upcoming weeks. "The White House supports Congress using its authority under the Congressional Review Act to roll back last year's FCC rules on broadband regulation", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday in a press briefing. They would have kept ISPs from selling customers' data and using new invasive ways to track and deliver targeted ads to customers. As Ben Lovejoy mentioned, one potentially comical aspect of all this is Cards Against Humanity creator Max Tempkin vowing to buy and publish the browsing history of every congressman. Lewis added that Comcast will be revising its privacy policy to make it clear that individual web browsing information will not be sold to third parties. Comcast is also planning to revise its existing privacy policy to ensure the privacy issues are adequately addressed.

"We're concerned that the telephone companies and cable companies - longtime gatekeepers, who have much more collection of information already - can now share and sell that information", Mierzwinski said. However, privacy advocates warn that it would be hard to trust ISPs and that the choice should have been given to the users before their browsing data is used or shared. The reason is, most Americans "believe their private information should be just that". What they can and are free to do is sell non-personally identifiable information, or large amounts of aggregated data that has had names and other specific identifiers removed. The company released a statement in hopes of assuring its customers that it will not sell their personal information to anyone, under any circumstances.

"We welcome President Trump's action today affirming Congress' decision to hit the reset button by stopping rules that would have created a confusing and conflicting consumer privacy framework", CEO of USTelecom Jonathan Spalter said in a statement.


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