Trump signs resolution repealing internet privacy protections

Posted April 05, 2017

Under the bill Trump signed Monday, they never will - and the FCC isn't allowed to try to pass new rules.

And AT&Tdirected concerned customers to its existing privacy policy, which states that the company "will not sell your personal information to anyone, for any objective".

The move comes as wireless network operators such as Verizon and AT&T move aggressively into digital media and advertising.

ISPs chimed in loudly late last week as well, including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon by underlining that they don't sell individual browsing information and do not have plans to do so.

"Let's set the record straight".

The FCC's rules would have required that internet providers obtain an "opt in" from their subscribers before they could sell or share personal information, data gathering that has proven lucrative as a way to draw advertisers.

"Donald Trump said he was going to drain the swamp, but it didn't take long for the swamp to drain him", said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future in a press statement after Trump's quiet signing was reported. Sadly, U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Neely Kennedy, both Republicans, voted for the bill, as did most members of Louisiana's House delegation.

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"If President Trump clicks his pen and signs this resolution, consumers will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a NY minute", Schumer said. It enshrines surveillance capitalism into law, and by including a provision preventing the FCC from protecting our privacy in the future, makes it very hard for future governments to fix this.

The bill rescinding the FCC's rules passed without too much trouble because of something called the Congressional Review Act (CRA). "Reversing these landmark privacy protections would be the antithesis of a pro-consumer administration".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who's been very vociferous in his opposition to the rules, put out a statement after Trump approved the law to void them. "Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were created to benefit one group of favoured companies, not online consumers".

He said that the FCC would be working with the FTC to "restore the FTC's authority to police Internet service providers' privacy practices".

The decision of Trump and the Republican-led Congress to repeal the internet privacy protections has now renewed concerns that they'll go after net neutrality. They were also responsible for informing the users about any breaches in their privacy as noticed by the providers. Each company argued that critics of the repeal were getting ahead of themselves since the FCC's own rules on privacy did not extend to popular websites where customers' data is sold for advertisements.

"If the government believes that location data is sensitive and requires more explicit consumer disclosures and permissions", he continued, "then those protections should apply to all players that have access to location data, whether an ISP or edge player or search engine".