Congress overturns internet privacy rules; can you still protect yourself?

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The Senate had already voted to the block it.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a tweet the vote was "Terrible for American ppl, great for big biz".

Leading Democrat Nancy Pelosi said the Republican-led effort was putting profits over the privacy concerns of Americans.

Before the Bill was put to vote, Senator Charles E. Schumer had urged the Representatives to stand with consumers and protect personal consumer information from being sold to third parties or the highest bidding companies. They say it's not fair Facebook and Google profit off internet searches while the companies selling you your internet service can not.

Maybe. Many state laws bar unfair or deceptive practices, which they can use against privacy violations.

But proponents of the privacy measure argued that the company that sells you your internet connection can see even more about consumers, such as every website they visit and whom they exchange emails with. "Republicans' use of the Congressional Review Act will do permanent damage to the FCC to keep America's personal information safe".

Undoing the FCC regulation leaves people's online information in a murky area.

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The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. Congress has only given the commission authority over telecommunications companies, so the FCC couldn't have come up with rules that applied to other businesses even if it wanted to. "It is unnecessary, confusing, and adds yet another innovation-stifling regulation to the Internet", Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who drafted the bill to repeal the FCC's privacy rules, said earlier this month.

"The internet has become the awesome tool that it is because it is largely left untouched by regulation_and that shouldn't stop now", McCarthy said.

"Give me one good reason why Comcast should know what my mother's medical problems are", said congressman Mike Capuano when the bill was being debated.

Representative Michael Burgess, a Republican, described the rules as "duplicative regulation" on the House floor and said the repeal would "level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market".

Nonetheless, groups are now calling on Trump to make good on his populist campaign rhetoric by vetoing the legislation. It is expected to be signed by President Trump.

Considering how much citizens pay for the privilege of having internet access (while being throttled for using Netflix), Republicans in Congress should have had no reason to hand over more of their constituents' privacy for a payday.