Opponents of the privacy rules argued it would place an undue burden on broadband providers while leaving large internet companies like Facebook and Google free to collect user data without asking permission.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have both voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules initiated in the waning days of the Obama administration that had not yet gone into effect. GOP lawmakers who voted to quash the rule received an average of $138,000 from the industry over the course of their careers. So if President Donald Trump signs the measure, as the White House has indicated he will, the status quo will remain.
The Senate already approved reversing the rule.
It now goes to president trump for his signature.
"I support the need for internet service providers to obtain affirmative opt-ins from consumers for their personal information", Faso said in a prepared statement.
"The Republican-controlled Congress wants broadband companies to use and sell sensitive information about Americans' health, finances, and even children, without consent", Markey said in a statement. In this case, it's the freedom of your Internet service provider, like Comcast or Verizon, to gather and use your personal data without telling you.
Telecom companies know a lot about what people do online because they are the gatekeepers through which people connect to the Internet.
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Several thousand voters in Florida's 18th Congressional District will receive robocalls this week from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee questioning Republican freshman Brian Mast's vote to repeal FCC privacy rules.
According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Congress has passed a resolution to reject privacy regulations created to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies.
Last year, FCC required home Internet and mobile broadband providers to get authorized customer consents first before selling their web browsing histories.
In December, the FCC passed a rule titled "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunication Services". As long as free choice can not protect the consumer, rules like this are necessary.
Pai added that the FCC would work with the Federal Trade Commission to ensure consumers' online privacy would be protected through a "consistent and comprehensive framework".
The vast majority of states do require business and government to tell their residents when their information has been hacked, according to the NCSL, but they have different approaches.