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The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies.
The rules were approved in October 2016 by the Federal Communications Commission's then-Democratic leadership, but are opposed by the FCC's new Republican majority and Republicans in Congress. The Senate today used its power under the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the FCC rulemaking "shall have no force or effect" and to prevent the FCC from issuing similar regulations in the future.
The 50 Senators that voted for S.J.Res 34 are (thanks to happyxpenguin):
Senator Roberts (R-KS) Senator Lee (R-UT) Senator Boozman (R-AR) Senator Blunt (R-MO) Senator Crapo (R-ID) Senator Scott (R-SC) Senator Cotton (R-AR) Senator Hatch (R-UT) Senator Capito (R-WV) Senator Alexander (R-TN) Senator Toomey (R-PA) Senator Perdue (R-GA) Senator Cochran (R-MS) Senator Inhofe (R-OK) Senator Ernst (R-IA) Senator Lankford (R-OK) Senator Collins (R-ME) Senator Sullivan (R-AK) Senator Thune (R-SD) Senator McCain (R-AZ) Senator Graham (R-SC) Senator Wicker (R-MS) Senator Grassley (R-IA) Senator Burr (R-NC) Senator Hoeven (R-ND) Senator Tillis (R-NC) Senator McConnell (R-KY) Senator Heller (R-NV) Senator Cruz (R-TX) Senator Daines (R-MT) Senator Portman (R-OH) Senator Murkowsky (R-AK) Senator Cassidy (R-LA) Senator Flake (R-AZ) Senator Johnson (R-WI) Senator Rubio (R-FL) Senator Corker (R-TN) Senator Risch (R-ID) Senator Gardner (R-CO) Senator Young (R-IN) Senator Barasso (R-WY) Senator Moran (R-KS) Senator Cornyn (R-TX) Senator Enzi (R-WY) Senator Kennedy (R-LA) Senator Shelby (R-AL) Senator Rounds (R-SD)
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: dreamingawake
Do you think Trump will veto this?
I don't think this has come up.
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
a reply to: dreamingawake
The issue with this potentiality becoming a reality? As I see it...privacy rules are out the window when we use "public utilities" (for lack of a better word).
As long as we are on a public grid...and are using it while its owned by privatized conglomerates (even if I own a small piece of Google and the rest in my 401 and 405k's retirement accounts)...I dont see how we are protected, really in any way.
I guess really only if we owned our own "grid"...but still they could always subpena the histories from us anyway. Dark days ahead with this....
Disturbing possibilities in a thousand ways...for millions of searchers. Thanks for starting this thread.
originally posted by: dreamingawake
a reply to: Aazadan
Maybe if he feels it will protect him, he's worried about the wire tapping issue as it is.
Otherwise, no, can see where it might favor his businessman ideas, whether he understands it or not.