Internet privacy bill filed by Massachusetts GOP senators
- Author: Fernando Stephens Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 7:35
Days before the president signed the bill into law, Franken joined Sen.
The Senate invoked the Congressional Review Act, which lets Congress eliminate regulations and prevent agencies from issuing similar ones in the future, which means that a future FCC can't reinstate the rules. The plans look like they will keep the basic principles of net neutrality but move enforcement to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and others want the biggest internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.S.to clearly explain how they plan to collect and use customer data, including browser history, following the repeal of the toughest federal privacy rules ever passed.
The FCC rule would have required clients be informed when they had been hacked or their data had been breached. The government deemed it as a just action for setting things fair between ISPs and independent online companies like Facebook.
Still, Pai and Ohlhausen chose to ignore this fact, instead saying the level of competition in wireless meant it came as no surprise "that Congress made a decision to disapprove the FCC's unbalanced rules".
Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to the post by President Donald Trump earlier this year, is preparing to make good on Trump's promise to discard the net neutrality rules the FCC adopted in 2015. You can expect that we will continue operating as we now do - providing customers with clear and complete information to help them decide what's best for them. Trump is expected to nominate the remaining two commissioners.
State lawmakers in Washington introduced two new bills yesterday created to protect the privacy of internet users. That will make them more like Facebook and Google, two companies now unregulated when it comes to the kinds f customer data they can collect. A second category of information, called "less-sensitive data", such as your name, address, IP address and anything else a consumer has not opted in to sharing with their ISP's will now be subject to collection, since consumers won't have an option to opt out of this information sharing.
To be a responsible and smart user of the Internet, you need to be concerned about your privacy and security.
Rep. Warren Davidson, one of the few Republicans to oppose the resolution, said commission turf wars aside, he felt it was important to send a message that people's data was private. They are skeptical of any effort to roll back the rules.