So if Congress repeals the rules, there will be no clear federal cop on the beat for the privacy of your Internet connection. It is anticipated to be marked by President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, two dozen Republican senators filed a joint resolution to cancel the new privacy rules imposed on Internet service providers and to prevent the FCC from taking similar action in the future.
On Tuesday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Joint Resolution 34, which calls for the repeal of this rule.
The future of online privacy is now in President Trump's hands.
The rules bar internet providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content and prohibit giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway, to certain internet services.
The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday in a party-line vote, 50-48.
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While many are calling on the president to veto the measure, the White House said Tuesday it "strongly supports" the repeal.
He says with the regulation now scrapped, though it would be possible in theory to go to an internet provider and buy a person's browsing history it would not work out that way in reality.
Opponents of the privacy rules argued it would place an undue burden on broadband providers while leaving large internet companies like Facebook and Google free to collect user data without asking permission.
The bill passed in a 215-205 vote today with Republicans overwhelmingly voting in favor of repealing the broadband privacy rules. However, the vote was closer this time with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to retain the rule.
Your online personal information could be more at risk than ever. "Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet", he said.
The main concern is that with websites like Facebook and Google, users can opt out of such tracking, which would not be the case with the internet service providers. Republicans and industry groups have blasted that discrepancy, saying it was unfair and confusing for consumers.