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The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacyIt’s begun: Internet providers are pushing to repeal Obama-era Internet privacy rulesThe FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy
The Senate and House have voted to repeal an FCC ruling that protects your Internet privacy and data from ISPs.
The Senate and House voted to repeal FCC rules that protect consumers’ online data from their Internet providers.
Read more:Republicans just rolled back landmark FCC privacy rules.
At the time, the agency’s Democratic leadership argued that consumers deserved the same privacy protections governing legacy telephone service.
Congress takes first step to overturn Internet privacy rules
Buzz60Congress took the first step Thursday to nullifying the new broadband privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission last year.
He also echoed the concerns of many consumer advocates that nullifying the privacy rules would make it easier for ISPs to sell consumer data to marketers.
The FCC gained jurisdiction of consumer privacy on broadband networks after 2015’s passage of net neutrality or Open Internet rules that designated ISPs as “common carriers,” akin to traditional phone service.
CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, the FCC has been making some big changes to net neutrality and online privacy.
However, the FCC rules did establish that there is “a set of consumer expectations that were being met,” said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington.
referring to “The FCC privacy rules are just another example of burdensome rules that hurt more than they help,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Privacy rules are even more important as corporate data breeches have become more frequent, Democrats said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the FCC’s privacy regulations make “the Internet an uneven playing field” and stifle innovation.
“The FCC rules were carefully designed to give broadband customers greater choice and security for their private data,” he said.
Republicans and broadband companies opposed the rules because they imposed tougher restrictions on high-speed Internet providers than on websites and social networks, which also collect and use such data.