Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation

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The bill in question will alter the regulations embraced during Obama's administration in October by the Federal Communications Commission, which required ISPs to make some extra efforts to shield user's privacy than website like Google and Facebook. This bill to overturn the FCC rules was already passed by the House and Senate.

In the last week of March, the US Senate passed reduction of privacy regulations bill for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

Comcast, for example, says it has "no plans" to sell individual web browsing history, while Verizon says it "does not sell the personal web browsing history" of its customers.

As TechDirt's Mike Masnick explains, the rollback of the FCC rules doesn't mean you can actually buy an individual's Web-browsing history. President Donald Trump has said he will sign the legislation. Sensitive data, such as banking, children's, and health information, can be shared if the customer opts in, while Comcast uses other, "non-sensitive data" to serve customers targeted advertising unless they opt out.

Following the votes in Senate and the House, AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon promised that they don't now sell users' browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future.

Monday, President Trump signed a bill lifting regulations which prevented internet service providers from selling information about customers' browsing habits to third parties.

In other words, ISPs can still sell their users' data, which includes browsing history and app usage, to a highest bidder.

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Verizon does not sell personal web browsing histories and has no plans to do so in the future, said spokesman Richard Young.

A blog post by Verizon's chief privacy officer, Karen Zacharia, stated the company's intentions emphatically.

Republican FCC commissioners have said the Obama rules would unfairly give websites the ability to harvest more data than internet service providers.

The Trump Government is again in the news; and this time for signing a resolution that kills FCC privacy rules. [We] will not sell your personal information to anyone, for any objective.

AT&T's senior executive VP Bob Quinn didn't specifically lay out consumer protections at AT&T but said the company's approach to the issue is "to focus on the nature of the data and have a consistent framework on collection".

"Consumers should feel confident that the steps taken today won't change anything other than clearing the path for regulators to institute uniform privacy rules that will keep their sensitive information private and secure", said Jonathan Spalter, the CEO of USTelecom.