Supports say that Facebook and Google collect data on users and we allow them. the fact is that those companies only collect the data you submit, they don’t have the same information about you that internet providers like Charter or AT&T require to open an account or know what you do online, only what you do on their website. The user choose to use their websites but has no chose to use a internet providers to gain access to the internet. It’s the same if you phone service provider collected all your Texts, Calls and Address book and sold to anyone willing to buy!
Allows ISPs to collect personal data without permission
(Posted by Taylor Hatmaker) Less than a week after the Senate voted to empower internet service providers to freely share private user data with advertisers, the House has weighed in, too.
Today in a 215-205 vote on Senate Joint Resolution 34 (H. Res. 230), the House voted to repeal broadband privacy regulations that the Obama administration’s FCC introduced in 2016. In a narrower vote than some expected, 15 Republicans broke rank to join the 190 Democrats who voted against the repeal. The FCC rules, designed to protect consumers, required ISPs to seek consent from their customers in order to share their sensitive private data (it’s worth noting that ISPs can collect it, either way). For consumers, the rollback is a bad deal no matter how you slice it.
As the issue took the floor, California Representative Anna Eshoo laid into the bill, suggesting that her Republican counterparts in the House lacked a nuanced understanding of how internet providers like Comcast and Time Warner serve a different role for consumers than the optional platforms provided by companies like Google and Facebook.
“They can use your information and sell it to the highest bidder,” Eshoo argued. “I think it’s a sad day if the bill passes.”
Colorado Representative Jared Polis joined the chorus of objections on the House floor, elaborating on how limited consumers are with regard to ISPs. “This resolution undermines fundamental privacy for every internet user,” Polis said. “With a broadband provider, most of us don’t have a choice. You either sign up for your local provider or you don’t.”
Under the regulation rollback, there are few limits on the ways ISPs will be allowed to interact with sensitive user data. That includes not just allowing providers to create marketing profiles based on the browsing history of their users, but also letting them deploy undetectable tools that track web traffic, too.
There’s no doubt that major ISPs will sell out their users to advertisers when given the chance, but some smaller providers aren’t yet complicit. Still, in many markets, consumers don’t have a choice of internet provider — a problem that stands to deepen in our present climate of deregulation. Now, only a signature from the president stands in the way of the repeal.
Today’s vote is a blow to anyone who’d prefer not to put their browsing history on blast, and a major victory for advertisers hungry for all of the de-anonymized personal data that they can vacuum up and dole out. With Congress and the FCC squarely in the latter’s camp, consumers who value privacy — and really, we all should — are in for a rough ride.
The language of the joint resolution is as follows:
This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.” The rule published on December 2, 2016: (1) applies the customer privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services, (2) requires telecommunications carriers to inform customers about rights to opt in or opt out of the use or the sharing of their confidential information, (3) adopts data security and breach notification requirements, (4) prohibits broadband service offerings that are contingent on surrendering privacy rights, and (5) requires disclosures and affirmative consent when a broadband provider offers customers financial incentives in exchange for the provider’s right to use a customer’s confidential information.
Shown Here: Public Law No: 115-22 (04/03/2017)
[115th Congress Public Law 22] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] [[Page 131 STAT. 88]] Public Law 115-22 115th Congress Joint Resolution Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services''. <<NOTE: Apr. 3, 2017 - [S.J. Res. 34]>> Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services'' (81 Fed. Reg. 87274 (December 2, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect. Approved April 3, 2017. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S.J. Res. 34: --------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017): Mar. 22, 23, considered and passed Senate. Mar. 28, considered and passed House.
*Information compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
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S J RES 34 YEA-AND-NAY 28-Mar-2017 5:56 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”
Hice, Jody B.
Rooney, Thomas J.
Boyle, Brendan F.
Doyle, Michael F.
Johnson, E. B.
Lujan Grisham, M.
Luján, Ben Ray
Maloney, Carolyn B.
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