On Monday, United States president Donald Trump officially repealed the federal online privacy protections from last year. They affected companies like Verizon, AT&T, Charter and Comcast. The president signed this bill which will not allow the implementation of some rules requiring the internet providers to ask permission from the customers before selling sensitive data. This means that they needed to tell you before selling your browser history to advertisers or any other players.
Repealing the federal online privacy rules
The White House reportedly confirmed that the president signed this bill on Monday. The telecom industry might see this as a big victory because it repeatedly said that it considered those rules completely unfair. Many telecom companies complained that tech giants like Facebook or Google did not have to follow those rules. At the same time, the privacy groups received a big blow. Groups like ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have always supported the Federal Communications Commission and former president Barack Obama in their efforts to implement those privacy rules.
It is interesting that some telecom companies said that they are still going to protect the data of their users, despite Trump’s recent repeal. This sparked doubts, especially among their fellow companies.
People are not happy
Many people on the internet have already begun posting messages. In those, they are expressing their rage in regards with this repeal. Some are threatening their internet providers that they would go and find other internet providers which will protect their data.
— Tom Smuts (@TomSmuts) April 4, 2017
@JDiamond1 How does it Make America Great Again to allow internet providers to snoop into people’s browsing data & sell it to the highest bidders?
— Donna Halper (@DevorahLeah) April 4, 2017
It is interesting to note that just on Friday, Verizon, AT&T and Comcast have all released some statements in which they are promising to protect the date of their users. However, according to privacy advocates, those promises are just a façade. Considering the fact that most Americans have only one internet provider in their area, they have to accept what they are doing. Even if they promise to protect the clients’ privacy, this might not happen.
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