The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to repeal the internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration.The White House on Tuesday said it strongly supports the repeal.
The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week. The rules would have required all internet service providers to get user permission before collecting and sharing your data but had not yet gone into effect. Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.
But rather than apply similar protections to more businesses, the Republican-controlled Congress voted to scrap the rules entirely.
The resolution now goes to Trump’s desk.
Opponents of the privacy rules argued it would place an undue burden on broadband providers while leaving big Internet companies like Google free to collect user data without asking permission.
Rep Michael Burgess, a Republican, described the rules “as duplicative regulation on the House floor and said the repeal would level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market”.
Democrat Rep Anna Eshoo said; “It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the Internet”.
“I don’t want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it.”