President Trump repeals Obama broadband rules
After a vote in the US Congress President Trump has repealed Obama-era legislation safeguarding use of consumer's browsing histories
The Republican party in Congress voted, on 28th March, to repeal a
set of decisions made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October
2016 which had the effect of ensuring that US ISPs to get prior permission from
their customers before collecting some types of personal information.
The vote went along straight
partisan lines with the vast majority of Republicans voting to repeal the rules
and the Democrats voting against.
Federal Communications Commission
Chairman Ajit Pai said: “President Trump and Congress have appropriately
invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the Internet. Those
flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were designed to benefit
one group of favoured companies, not online consumers.
He continued: “American consumers’
privacy deserves to be protected regardless of who handles their personal
information. In order to deliver that consistent and comprehensive protection,
the FCC will be working with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to restore the
FTC’s authority to police Internet service providers’ privacy practices. We
need to put America’s most experienced and expert privacy cop back on the beat.
And we need to end the uncertainty and confusion that was created in 2015 when
the FCC intruded in this space.”
Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said:
“I applaud President Trump and Congress for undoing the FCC’s detrimental
privacy rules. The parade of horribles trotted out to scare the American people
about its passage are completely fictitious, especially since parts of the
rules never even went into effect. Hopefully, we will soon return to a universe
where thoughtful privacy protections are not overrun by shameful FCC power
grabs and blatant misrepresentations.”
The joint resolution which put the
changes into effect, S.J. Resolution 34, was presented by Republican Senator
Jeff Flake of Arizona and sponsored by 24 other Republicans.
President Trump has repealed the Obama administration's privacy rules
attempting to limit the ability of ISPs to share and sell customers' browsing
histories for profit.