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United States Senate Votes to Kill Broadband Privacy Rules
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:50:34 AM »

Say "goodbye" to your privacy as the US Senate voted on Thursday to make it easier for broadband providers to sell private information about their users to marketers.

The decision was a highly expected one, as lawmakers decided whether to keep or to dump privacy rules adopted by the previous Federal Communications Commission. Now, with a new leadership that is opposed to mostly everything the previous FCC did, there is an expectation for many substantial changes.

The joint resolution from senator Jeff Flake that uses the Congressional Review Act to prevent privacy rules passed by the FCC last year from taking effect was voted down 50 to 48.

What's more, and maybe even worse, is that the resolution would prevent the FCC from ever taking similar steps to protect consumers in the future. Therefore, even if a different FCC chief is set in place, one that seeks to protect Internet users, nothing could be done.

The measure still needs to go through a vote in the House of Representatives, so, in theory, there's still some hope.


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