The United States senate voted last week to repeal FCC privacy rules that would require internet service providers to obtain our explicit consent before selling data they collect about our internet usage. We’d been holding out some hope that the House of Representatives would have our backs, but that’s not the case.
Private no more and never again
Congress voted yesterday, 215 to 205, to follow suit, passing a resolution to overturn the Obama-era rules. The rules also required ISPs to protect browsing data from hackers and alert customers of breaches. In addition to repealing the previously-enacted rules, the resolution prohibits the FCC from passing any new privacy restrictions to protect users.
190 Democratic and 15 Republican representatives voted against the repeal. At this point, all that’s left is for the President of the United States to sign the legislation, and then our data is up for grabs. Technically, ISPs have always been able to do this, but the rules would’ve changed that in favor of consumer privacy. With the repeal and prevention, it’s now open season.