What the death of broadband privacy rules means

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U.S. lawmakers voted Tuesday to roll back rules that would block internet service providers from selling user data to third parties, following a heated debate over privacy protections. Now, if President Donald Trump signs their bill, itwill be on legislators to craft privacy protections that they find more reasonable.

The resolution - which was approved by the Senate last week - blocks an FCC rule that would bar ISPs from selling customer data, including app usage, browsing history, even Social Security numbers, to marketers and others.

New Jersey's five Republican congressman have voted in favor of a resolution that allows internet providers to sell your browsing habits without your permission. Republicans in Congress have jumped on this act as a way to roll back parts of Obama's broadband privacy regulation.

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Swire says companies like Comcast or Verizon will now compete with Google and Facebook for ad dollars, by selling what they know about you.

Violation of online privacy especially by the CIA and the NSA (National Security Agency) has been the subject of lingering debate in the United States as the two spy agencies have already been accused of using social networking sites to gather personal information of people worldwide.

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Privacy advocates, consumer groups and the tech community are all attacking the decision.

Proponents of the privacy measure, though, argued that the company that sells you your internet connection can see even more about consumers, such as every website they visit and with whom they exchange emails. Angress uses Santa Rosa-based internet service provider Sonic, in part, because the company has publicly supported internet privacy issues and opposed legislation that may limit it. "We will finally be able to buy the browser history of all the Congresspeople who voted to sell our data and privacy without our consent!" he wrote on the fundraising page.

Sandvik recommended using a combination of the two whenever it feels necessary - like when you are accessing sensitive information related to your work, for instance. The FCC promulgated a rule that requires the ISP to give you a choice of whether you want this information shared with third parties. In reality, the FCC's rules created confusion, an additional layer of bureaucratic red tape, and a false sense of privacy that simply didn't exist.

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The FCC put in place critical broadband privacy protection rules late a year ago to protect your right to privacy online.

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