Major bill is coming our way!
On Tuesday, Donald Trump has received a proposal legislation from Congress, stating that any internet privacy protection will be prevented. This will, on the long scale, contribute to the preservation of this country’s safety.
According to The Washington Post, House Republicans voted on the matter and prevented Internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast to enable protection rights to companies who don’t disclose how they use certain information, including customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers.
These measures were established last year, but Senate decided to repeal them all and this is bound to happen somewhere at the end of 2017. Trump is expected to sign this legislation, after which the providers will have an insight of every customers’ behavior online and access to their financial records.
With this, providers will be able to pass on users’ information to marketers, financial firms and other companies that handle personal information- and they do not need the consumer’s consent to do so.
The Federal Communications Commission won’t be allowed to issue similar rules in the near future. The same rules will also apply for search engines and streaming-video sites, who are already working with this method.
On Tuesday, the defenders of tough privacy protections stated this will become “a tremendous setback for America.”
“Today’s vote means that Americans will never be safe online from having their most personal details stealthily scrutinized and sold to the highest bidder,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.
On the other hand, those in favor of this vote state that given the threatening situation online, this is the safest way for America to maintain its safety.
”[Consumer privacy] will be enhanced by removing the uncertainty and confusion these rules will create,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the FCC.
“One would hope — because consumers want their privacy protected — that they would be good actors, and they would ask permission and do these nice things,” stated Rep. Mike Doyle. “But there’s no law now that says they have to, and there’s no cop on the beat saying, ‘Hey, we caught you doing something.’ ”
Pai, the FCC chairman, believes the legislation is “appropriate.” He also blames the FTC and Democrats for not addressing this earlier.
“Moving forward, I want the American people to know that the FCC will work with the FTC to ensure that consumers’ online privacy is protected through a consistent and comprehensive framework,” Pai said. “The best way to achieve that result would be to return jurisdiction over broadband providers’ privacy practices to the FTC, with its decades of experience and expertise in this area.”
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