dglobalnews.com What the death of broadband privacy rules means
Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

What the death of broadband privacy rules means

What the death of broadband privacy rules means

"The vote in Congress to repeal the broadband privacy rules, allowing internet service providers to spy on their customers and sell their data without consent, is a bad setback for the American public", said Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America.

The White House said on Wednesday that Trump plans to sign the repeal bill, Reuters reports. "CFA says the vote in Congress repeals broadband privacy rules, allowing internet service providers to spy on their customers and sell their data without consent and is a" awful setback for the American public". A VPN is a tunnel that shields your browsing information from your internet service provider and allows you to appear as if you are in a different location.

"We respectfully urge you to veto S.J.Res. 34 and make sure that the broadband privacy protections stay intact", the letter said. Websites are governed by a less restrictive set of rules overseen by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

If the president signs the repeal, companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon can sell the personal browsing habits of their customers to advertisers, who can then use that trove of data to create ads targeted to that user.

And not only that, but under the terms of the Congressional Review Act, which was the mechanism used by Congress to negate the rule, no such rule can ever be issued again.

Here's what to know about Congress' move to dismantle online privacy rules, and what you can do to try to safeguard your online data.

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Don't hold your breath for President Trump to save your Internet privacy.

Following on the heels of the Senate, Congress voted largely along partisan lines last week to overturn Federal Communication Commission privacy rules that protected broadband internet users' privacy rights.

Republican commissioners, including Mr Pai, said in October that the rules would unfairly give websites like Facebook, Twitter or Google the ability to harvest more data than Internet service providers and thus further dominate digital advertising.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 215-205 to eliminate privacy rules aimed at protecting the browsing histories and data of US broadband subscribers. That's what the FCC rule aimed to do.

On Tuesday, Republicans in Congress passed the repeal of an Internet privacy rule implemented by the FCC past year.

Sandvik recommended using a combination of the two whenever it feels necessary - like when you are accessing sensitive information related to your work, for instance.

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