House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation


A vote to repeal internet privacy rules in the USA has led to backlash from critics, who say it will "fundamentally undermine" online security and enable unconstitutional mass government surveillance.

It now goes to president trump for his signature.

"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 awful setback for the American public", said Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America.

The likes of Facebook and Google, they argue, have access to far less personal data than broadband providers, who can see any websites or apps that customers access. "We will not disclose personally-identifying information collected through our website to third parties except as provided in this privacy policy", according to CMG's website.

The final decision will now rest with President Donald Trump, after a week in which he faced rejection from a Republican-controlled Congress over his proposals for healthcare reform.

And you say: so what, Dave?

The US House of Representatives has voted to repeal regulations that restrict how internet providers can use customer data.

One critic of the repeal, Craig Aaron, president of Free Press advocacy group, said major Silicon Valley companies shied away from the fight over the rules because they profit from consumer data.

While providers can sell your information without your permission, a trade organization promises the companies will still keep some details provide: financial, health, and children's information.

The Republicans voted to allow internet service providers to sell your most intimate, most intimate personal information without your knowledge or your consent. "We did not do it before the FCC's rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so".

Giants like Facebook and Google already collect your profile information and search history, and use it to sell advertisements that match your interests.

"Even if the rules had gone into effect, it's hard to see what change the user would notice", he said.

"But Republicans seem to prefer a privacy free-for-all".

A virtual private network, or VPN, is one option to protect your online activity.

The House of Representatives voted to block rules that would restrict how internet service providers share and sell their customers' personal data. At least 13 states require businesses to have reasonable security practices.