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Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation

The regulation was scheduled to take effect later this year but Congress used its power under the Congressional Review Act to erase it from the books. Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at the New Mexico Public Interest Research Group, said even though providers have always tracked what customers do online, the problem now is what they'll be able to do with it.

An amendment was introduced by Sen. And in the meantime, most ISPs do not yet collect and sell your data in the way the proposed rules would have restricted.

Of course given that the new resolution means that they don't need your permission, these ISPs could very well change their mind in the future for all we know, but we guess United States internet users can rest assured that their privacy is safe, for now. The Assembly is considering its own telecommunications bill, AB 123.

"President Trump and Congress have appropriately invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the Internet", Pai said.

While Democrats in Congress urged Trump to veto the repeal, it was clear last week that Trump would not do so. "Because of the current legal landscape, the FTC can't police ISPs either, leaving customers without a federal agency that can clearly protect them in this space". Under the bill Trump signed Monday, they never will - and the FCC isn't allowed to try to pass new rules.

Jonathan Spalter, CEO of trade group USTelecom said in an opinion piece written on Friday that "browser history is already being aggregated and sold to advertising networks - by virtually every site you visit on the internet". Within this regulation, the ISP's will need consumer content before they use a certain geolocation, health information, financial information, children's information and web browsing history for marketing and advertisement purposes. The reason is, most Americans "believe their private information should be just that".

Now, the House-passed bill paves the way for internet providers to sell users' web browsing history. We had the same protections in place the day before the Congressional resolution was passed, and we will have the same protections the day after President Trump signs the CRA into law.

The bill in question will alter the regulations embraced during Obama's administration in October by the Federal Communications Commission, which required ISPs to make some extra efforts to shield user's privacy than website like Google and Facebook.


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