GOP lawmakers said they care about consumer privacy every bit as much as Democrats did but that it would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.
The U.S. Senate passed the same bill last week. Now - assuming President Trump signs it, as he's expected to - it won't. If the bill goes into law, the FCC can't implement any similar rules. "It does provide an opportunity for President Trump, however".
During floor debate, she said, "Republicans want this (private) information to be sold without your permission".
The House voted 215-205 on Tuesday to overturn the rule, which was issued in October by the Federal Communications Commission to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information.
There are limited ways consumers can protect themselves from having their Web histories collected and sold by their Internet service providers, who are about to get government-sanctioned free reign over their Internet traffic.
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Telecom companies know a lot about what people do online because they are the gatekeepers through which people connect to the Internet.
According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Congress has passed a resolution to reject privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies.
Websites are governed by a less restrictive set of privacy rules overseen by the Federal Trade Commission.
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. The flip side to the argument is that even though companies like Google default to opt-out policies rather than opt-in, consumers can choose not to use the services.
The move would allow them to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook in the lucrative digital advertising market. The data that these providers can access and sell are incredibly invasive and far more worthy of protection for all American citizens than the tax returns of our President.
Regulations put forward by the Obama administration included requiring internet service providers to ask for permission from customers about collecting and sharing data.