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Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back Privacy Rules
Posted on Mar 23, 2017
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to roll back Obama-era internet privacy regulations, a major step in dismantling the Federal Communications Commission’s consumer protection laws.
Senate Joint Resolution 34 is a repeal a 2016 FCC regulation requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to get consumer permission before sharing user data with third parties. Tech blog BGR explains:
The proposal passed 50-48, one day after senators debated the measure. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a longtime advocate for net neutrality, tweeted Thursday that the GOP had just “voted to make it easier for sensitive info about your health, finances & family to be sold to highest bidder.”
The vote comes as many net neutrality advocates express concern over the future of the FCC and privacy rights. Ajit Pai, the new chair of the FCC under President Trump and a former lawyer for Verizon, has called net neutrality “a mistake.”
“It is extremely disappointing that the Senate voted today to sacrifice the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major internet companies, including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon,” the ACLU stated Thursday after the vote. “The House must now stop this resolution from moving forward and stand up for our privacy rights.”
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