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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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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  2. PieTunes Contributor


    May 6, 2016
    San Diego, CA
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    "We're going to repeal and replace obama-privacy"
  4. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    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!!
  6. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
  7. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    Making America lack privacy and common sense again.
  8. 341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    Obama just looked into people secretly. This is better and more open and honest about what's really going on. Unless you fall for the crap politicians say vs what they actually do.
  9. rillrill macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2011
    New York
    Outfitting the family with VPNs this weekend.
  10. BigTRQ macrumors regular

    May 30, 2007
    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!
  11. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Your personal data, well-being, even life... It's all expendable if it means more profit.
  12. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
  13. rictus007 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The only thing "like" a Social Security Number is a Social Security Number. So, can they sell that information, or not?
  15. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    What step forward has Trump taken? He's been nothing but leaps and bounds backwards.
  16. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    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.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    People wanted to go against "politics as usual" so much that they fell for all of the "politics as usual".
  18. Daws001 macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2011
    The States
    I think Minnesota was passing something that required permission from the customer before getting any such info. Or they had to notify them...can't remember now.
  19. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    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.
  20. tito2020 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2011
    if i buy a bridge online will my info be sold? lol
  21. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Seems like "like" is being used in the sense of "for example" in that context.
  22. mudslag macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2010
  23. Candlelight macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011
    New Zealand
    Obama was coming for your guns. Trump is coming for your iPhones.
  24. ghostface147, Apr 3, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 3, 2017

    ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
  25. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    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.


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