Tuesday, Congress voted to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy regulations. The FCC’s broadband regulations require Internet Service Providers (ISP) to ask users’ permission before collecting and selling personal information.
Those in favor of the reversal argued the FCC’s protocol clashed with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) consumer privacy framework. The opponents also argued these regulations kept ISPs such as AT&T and Verizon from utilizing user information that is available to online advertisers such as Facebook and Google.
Representatives in favor of keeping the FCC’s regulations disagreed, arguing consumers are able to choose to use certain social networks and search engines, but have very few choices for broadband providers.
“This rule would literally change how broadband providers have access to your entire personal life,” Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo said.
The FCC and the FTC still retain authority to step in if an ISP commits unjust business practices, and will work together to regulate the use of personal information. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pledged to work closely with the FTC to develop “consistent and comprehensive” privacy framework.
President Trump will likely sign to have the FCC broadband privacy rules repealed later this week.