Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Rep.Pelosi on internet privacy: "you should be very very scared".

Rep.Pelosi on internet privacy:

The late Obama-era privacy regulation hasn't actually taken effect yet. The resolution now goes to Trump's desk.

The US House of Representatives has voted to repeal the FCC's broadband privacy rules, following a similar vote the week before by the Senate, Reuters reported.

That would include your browser history, data from your apps, and geo-location.

The argument from ISPs and those favoring the move is about consistency, claiming that the previous rules gave massive websites like Facebook, Google and Twitter a greater opportunity to dominate digital marketing because the rules for data collection are different for websites than ISPs.

The FCC's rules also required ISPs to reasonably protect the security of their customers' data, including notifying them about data breaches.

"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favoured companies over another group of disfavored companies", Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said in a statement. Doyle managed the floor debate on the Democratic side March 28 before the Republicans voted 215-205 to roll back the rules, with 15 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. As long as free choice can not protect the consumer, rules like this are necessary. Consumers have little - if any - choice of Internet Service Providers, because government severely restricts competition.

Capuano was arguably the loudest critic, bellowing his dissent and suggesting he didn't want ISPs sharing his underwear size if bought a pair online.

Service providers will still be able to see what sites you've visited, but not the individual pages. But switching providers is often hard, as is hiding your Internet activity from your Internet provider. "They need the Internet and they may not have another option". A VPN provider even stated since the Senate vote there has been a sharp increase in interest for VPNs.

The repeal is a big win for large providers like AT&T and Verizon.

Telecom companies know a lot about what people do online because they are the gatekeepers through which people connect to the Internet.

This content can potentially be paired with subscriber data to build up lucrative targeted advertising businesses that compete with Google and Facebook.

All told, 265 Republican Representatives and Senators voted "yes" to hand ISP's this new tool for privacy invasion.

I think it's only a matter of time before the Obama-backed rule is dumped into the history bin.

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