Republicans have a long road ahead of them as they continue to erase many of Obama’s programs and bills. They are currently working on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, they’ve taken many stances against environmental protections, and now they are rolling back certain Internet privacy guidelines.
Vanity Fair reported on the guidelines saying:
“Last year, the Federal Communications Commission, under the direction of former Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler, mandated that broadband providers get their customers’ permission before selling or giving their data to advertisers and other third parties.”
Those rules were shut down after Senate voted 50-48 against. The abolishment of this rule will know making it easier for broadband providers to give away history about their customers. These companies are those such as Facebook, Google, Verizon, AT&T and more. The shutting down of these rules makes it easier for targeted ads which make them more money.
34 senators backed the bill that was led by Senator Jeff Flake as well as new F.C.C. chairman Ajit Pai. Pai was the former Verizon lawyer who fought against the privacy rules last year. According to Vanity Fair, if the law passes the house, it will release a massive amount of data:
“Should the resolution pass the House, broadband providers would be able to collect a trove of data—things like financial information and browsing history—from its users. The majority of consumers would be affected, though there will likely be an opt-out feature.”
Clearly, those in favor of Obama-era internet rules are livid. The Electronic Frontier Foundation even said that tearing apart this regulation would be:
“A crushing loss for online privacy. ISPs act as gatekeepers to the Internet, giving them incredible access to records of what you do online. They shouldn’t be able to profit off of the information about what you search for, read about, purchase, and more without your consent.”
Senator Ed Markey, who created the 1996 Telecommunications Act said it well:
“You want the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive, but you have to be able to say no, I don’t want you in my living room. Yes, we’re capitalists, but we’re capitalists with a conscience.”
Credit: Vanity Fair