Congress Votes to Repeal Internet Privacy Protections
Congress Votes to Repeal Internet Privacy Protections
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10 April, 2017, 02:36
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The White House said Thursday it supports Congress' controversial decision to repeal Internet privacy protections, claiming it will create an "equal playing field" between Internet service providers and tech companies. But critics said the rule would have added costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies. Some groups have called on Trump to veto the legislation. But the vote was closer this time than previous rescind efforts, with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to keep the rule in place.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi warns people that they should be afraid of what could be ahead, "Stunning".
During a floor debate, she said that, "Republicans want this (private) information to be sold without your permission". "Our broadband providers know deeply personal information about us and our families".
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Industry groups pointed out that internet companies like Google did not have to ask for permission of users for tracking what sites they visit. One service, NordVPN, says it has seen a "sharp increase" in consumer interest in the days since the Senate vote.
Hutchins said with the new law, you might not have that choice. Even worse: The method they would use - passing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the rules - would ban the FCC from ever writing similar privacy rules.
The privacy rules were meant to give consumers extra control over their personal data online at a time when everything from smartphones to refrigerators can be connected to the internet. Republicans have recommended that ISPs should be synchronized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as an alternative of the FCC. "Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet", he said.
"The internet has become the incredible tool that it is because it is largely left untouched by regulation - and that shouldn't stop now", McCarthy said.
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