SJ Res. 34 to be signed by Trump: ends internet privacy guidelines

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The privacy bill would repeal regulations adopted in October by the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama administration requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc.

"President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans", said the ACLU's Neema Singh Guliani.

The privacy rules were meant to give consumers extra control over their personal data online at a time when everything from smartphones to refrigerators can be connected to the internet.

On Tuesday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Joint Resolution 34, which calls for the repeal of this rule.

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Be prepared to bid adieu to your online privacy.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the repeal ensures Internet service providers are treated the same as online businesses like Facebook and Google, which are not required to receive permission from users.

"Last year, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through, on a party-line vote, privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies", Pai said. Institutions should take care to reinforce privacy best practices with students and staff, including using VPNs, encrypted browsers, and clearing app and browsing history on all devices often. They want your broadband provider to be able to sell your sensitive Internet activity records to the highest bidder. Over the last two months, they've voted to repeal more than a dozen Obama-era regulations in the name of curbing government overreach. But the vote was closer this time than previous rescind efforts, with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to keep the rule in place.

"When we have further updates on a signing ceremony I will let you know", Spicer said. But with the regulations made invalid, internet service providers can sell the information-unless you opt out. One service, NordVPN, says it has seen a "sharp increase" in consumer interest in the days since the Senate vote.