White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal

The Federal Communications Commission rule issued in October was created to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information.

On Tuesday, March 28, Congress voted to block the FCC's internet privacy protection rule, a rule that was passed last October.

Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation.

But the absence of clear privacy rules means that the companies supplying your internet service - and who can see a great deal of what you do with it - can continue to mine that information for use in their own advertising businesses.

WASHINGTON -US lawmakers have voted to roll back rules that could prevent internet service provider (ISP) companies from selling users' data to third parties without their consent. These rules also called upon Internet Service Providers to strengthen protections for consumers against hackers and identity thieves.

After effectively killing internet privacy, Trump's administration may further harm internet users in the near future. Websites are governed by a less restrictive set of privacy rules. But internet providers would be able to collect even more - as in, all of it.

Trump is expected to sign the bill, although White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer seemed to dodge a question about the bill on Wednesday.

Supporters of the new relaxed rules have argued that search engines and video-streaming services such as Netflix are already collecting and using that data, but critics have said consumers have the choice to switch to other platforms.

Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, "worries that personal data could be used for discriminatory advertising practices, like showing ads for high-interest loans only to low-income consumers, or prices for products that vary based on the user's income information". The FCC, now dominated by Republicans, earlier put on hold a regulation requiring ISPs to take "reasonable" steps to safeguard their customers' data. The resolution now goes to Trump's desk. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) promised on Tuesday to introduce a bill forcing the FCC to write new, "strong broadband rules".

Privacy experts are encouraging anxious web users to try using a virtual private network (VPN) as a kind of work-around. While they hide browsing histories and other information, they stillallow providers to keep track of your location.

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