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What the internet privacy rule changes mean for you

What the internet privacy rule changes mean for you What the internet privacy rule changes mean for you
Lucas Bell | 10 April, 2017, 02:38

The White House said Thursday it supports Congress' controversial decision to repeal Internet privacy protections, claiming it will create an "equal playing field" between Internet service providers and tech companies.

"President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans", said the ACLU's Neema Singh Guliani.

President Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet, the White House said on Wednesday.

The regulations would have required internet service providers to get permission before selling your information to marketers.

The future of online privacy is now in President Trump's hands.

Now, cable companies and wireless providers could have greater access to: your browsing history, shopping habits, your apps, even your location - and they could sell it all to the highest bidder.

The House of Representatives approved legislation on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, that will repeal FCC guidelines created late a year ago to protect user data.

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Currently, with sites that collected personal data such as Facebook and Google, you have the option to opt out of the collection of your data.

The bill passed in a 215-205 vote today with Republicans overwhelmingly voting in favor of repealing the broadband privacy rules. But the vote was closer this time than previous rescind efforts, with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to keep the rule in place.

Some privacy advocates are stating that ISP should now stand for, "Information Sold for Profit".

"It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the internet", Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo said on the floor.

Your online personal information could be more at risk than ever. "Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?"

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. One service, NordVPN, says it has seen a "sharp increase" in consumer interest in the days since the Senate vote.

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