Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation

Posted April 05, 2017

Amid the impending resolution that is expected to turn into law once U.S. President Donald Trump signed it into law, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, the three biggest broadband service providers reaffirmed their commitment to respecting customer privacy.

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that could allow internet providers to sell information about their customers' browsing habits.

Some Democrats in the House and Senate raised concerns about the fate of net neutrality during the internet privacy vote last month.

Lewis added, "These companies can also force Americans to pay to preserve their online data, as some companies have posited".

Of course, proponents of the FCC privacy rules - and there were many - were far from happy with the legislative result that Trump's signature sealed.

"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".

"We want to stress that privacy tools are needed every day, not only during such moments - to protect yourself from ever-growing online security threats and increasing surveillance".

Chief privacy officer of Comcast clearly said they don't sell customer's individual web browsing history. By a 50-48 vote, Senate Republicans overturned internet privacy laws adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the last days of President Barack Obama's administration.

She continued: "The only people in the United States who want less internet privacy are CEOs and lobbyists for giant telecom companies, who want to rake-in money by spying on all of us and selling the private details of our lives to marketing companies".

The Electronic Frontier Foundation says the House vote ends a "decades long legal tradition that your communications provider is never allowed to monetize your personal information without asking for your permission first". However, according to the argument by the Republicans on the House floor, the rules were confusing and unfair for the Internet providers.

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. Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were created to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers", he said.

The flip side to that argument is that Internet users can choose whether or not to use services that share and sell their data. Almost a dozen CRA resolutions have gone to the President for signing in just the last few weeks. That information would be particularly useful for advertisers and marketers.

Mr Pai and other Republicans want a different national agency, the Federal Trade Commission, to police privacy for both broadband companies like AT&T and internet companies like Google.