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Senate votes to repeal broadband privacy rules

2017-03-23 16:52 by
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The U.S. Senate has voted to stop a set of internet privacy rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year.

According to the rules approved by the FCC in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet providers such as AT&T and Verizon would need to obtain consumers' permission before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.

U.S. senators voted by a 50-48 margin to prevent the privacy rules from going into effect. The resolution also would bar the FCC from ever enacting similar consumer protections. It now heads to the House.

"Our industry remains committed to offering services that protect the privacy and security of the personal information of our customers," said NCTA — The Internet and Television Association, a trade group representing major cable providers. "We support this step toward reversing the FCC's misguided approach and look forward to restoring a consistent approach to online privacy protection that consumers want and deserve."

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  User Reviews/Comments:
by Philip - 2017-03-29 19:21
Now that US Congress rolled back consumer privacy rules, ISPs have the legal right to sell customers' browsing history and personal information without their consent, this includes social secirity numbers, financial data, health info, browsing history, even email contents.

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