President Trump Signs Repeal of U.S. Broadband Privacy Rules

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United States President Donald Trump today signed into law a bill that reverses Obama-era broadband privacy rules preventing Internet Service Providers from selling a subscriber's web browsing history and other personal information without permission.

The now-reversed law would have limited what ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T could do with sensitive customer data like location, browsing history, and other personal information like Social Security numbers. Under the law, which would have been enacted at the end of 2017, ISPs were also required to strengthen protections against hackers and security breaches.

Going forward, Internet Service Providers will not need to get permission from customers to sell customer data like web browsing history, but following customer outcry and confusion over the repeal of the law, many ISPs have said customer data won't be sold.

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Comcast, for example, says it has "no plans" to sell individual web browsing history, while Verizon says it "does not sell the personal web browsing history" of its customers.

Internet providers argued that the rules were confusing to customers and discriminatory and unfair because they didn't apply to tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook.

Privacy advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation opposed the rollback of the law and have argued that privacy protections are desperately needed to keep consumers safe.

For end users, the repeal of the law effectively maintains the status quo because it was not enacted before being shuttered, but it's worth noting that the resolution contains language preventing the FCC from enabling similar privacy rules in the future.

The repeal is the first step the Trump administration plans to take towards deregulating broadband internet service providers. According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump has "pledged to reverse" net neutrality rules passed in 2015.

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zorinlynx

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Has this administration done ANYTHING so far that is good for the common person, instead of enriching corporations and the wealthy?

Anything? It's distressing to see how completely in the pockets of big business they are. And the crazy thing is a lot of people who voted for Trump supposedly did so because they thought the *Democrats* were in the pockets of big business.

I mean, maybe they were a little bit, but nothing like this!!
 

BigTRQ

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The biggest political con job continues! I foresee several supporters of 45 that change their tune in 2018 and in 2020. All the work that he was supposed to do for the "normal, everyday" American is just simply not happening. Sad!
 

C DM

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Has this administration done ANYTHING so far that is good for the common person, instead of enriching corporations and the wealthy?

Anything? It's distressing to see how completely in the pockets of big business they are. And the crazy thing is a lot of people who voted for Trump supposedly did so because they thought the *Democrats* were in the pockets of big business.

I mean, maybe they were a little bit, but nothing like this!!
People wanted to go against "politics as usual" so much that they fell for all of the "politics as usual".
 

Mlrollin91

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Considering last weekend and all the weekends prior have you in the exact same spot as what next weekend will have you in, I find your knee jerk reaction amusing.
How do you figure. The law was repealed this week. Therefore all previous weekends the law was intact. Next weekend the law will not be intact and his statement is perfectly logical. Your's on the other hand, isn't.
 

69Mustang

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Back to how it was in October. The horror /s
Not quite. Back in October, the privacy law hadn't been enacted so you're right on that account. But back in October we didn't have a prohibition to enabling privacy rules in the future. <-- That is what people should be up in arms about. It's the same type of thing N. Carolina did with it's "repeal" of HB2. Distract with the right and and slit the throat with the left.

For end users, the repeal of the law effectively maintains the status quo because it was not enacted before being shuttered, but it's worth noting that the resolution contains language preventing the FCC from enabling similar privacy rules in the future.
 
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