The House's vote Tuesday approving a resolution that would allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers' browsing history split almost along party lines. "In particular, the rule requires ISPs to obtain affirmative "opt-in" consent from consumers to use and share certain information, including app usage and web browsing history".
The resolution was introduced and passed in the Senate last week and now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law, which many experts feared could lead to massive invasion of privacy and leave many Americans vulnerable to hackers and cyber-attacks.
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration.
"The consequences of passing this resolution are clear: broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and others will be able to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission", said Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) on the House floor this afternoon, per The Verge.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during his daily briefing Wednesday that the administration will provide "further updates" once the bill has been finalized and enrolled. The rule applies the privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other telecommunications carriers. That's what the FCC rule aimed to do.
Unsurprisingly, numerous lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill have received campaign donations from companies or employees of companies that stand to benefit from it ― corporations such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. It also would have protected sensitive items like children's information and Social Security numbers.
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Brown said in an interview he is confident the Obama-era rule will be upheld in court. "They're saying 'the war on coal". China is already a world leader is renewable energy. "It's all been negative for eight years and that has had its toll".
Republicans argued that the FCC overstepped its bounds and that it was up to the Federal Trade Commission to regulate privacy.
The vote effectively removes privacy protections from consumers. The FCC's new chairman Ajit Pai is a strong opponent of net neutrality.
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Other Republicans like Rep. Leonard Lance, Republican for New Jersey, said the inconsistent rules were actually harming consumers, by creating a false sense of privacy.
Republicans repeatedly discounted the privacy benefits generated by the rule.
Online privacy has always been a subject of debate as to where the line is drawn and what ISPs can collect from their consumers.