House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

But critics said the rule would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies.

On Tuesday, Republicans in Congress passed the repeal of an Internet privacy rule implemented by the FCC a year ago. It is expected to be signed by President Trump.

"Even if the rules had gone into effect, it's hard to see what change the user would notice", he said. The legislation now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The bill doesn't just give ISPs permission to sell people's private Internet behavior, it also includes language to prevent the FCC from ever being able to implement similar privacy rules in the future.

Susan Collins, say they put internet service providers at a disadvantage against websites that can sell personal information.

Following a party-line vote in the Senate last week, the House approved a resolution Tuesday that would overturn a broadband privacy regulation the Federal Communications Commission adopted in October. But hey, at least wireless carries and Internet service providers (ISPs) are not selling your browsing history without your permission right?

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) argues that the move will increase competition and make it more fair for internet providers.

"Lawmakers who voted in favor of this bill just sold out the American people to special interests", said Democrat Jared Polis.

"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favoured companies over another group of disfavored companies", Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said in a statement. He said the privacy protections were "common sense measures" that would have ensured Internet users continue to have control over their personal information.

Republicans repeatedly discounted the privacy benefits generated by the rule.

A draft mock-up of the billboard states: "They betrayed you". "Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?" "I didn't agree with what the FCC did totally, but the bill's taking away some of the other privacy protections that all of us who use the internet think we ought to keep". They're usually used to protect sensitive data. There is a long tradition of the government protecting such information.

Swire recommends using pop-up blockers, anti-tracking software like Tor, or Privacy Badger, and a virtual private network.

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