Congress Votes to Gut Internet Privacy Protections

March 28, 2017 12:30 pm

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted today to pass resolution S.J.Res.34 that would overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires internet service providers to get customers’ permission before selling sensitive consumer data, such as browsing history.

Passage of the resolution by Congress may prevent the FCC from issuing rules that are substantially the same in the future. The measure has now passed both chambers of Congress and will move to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

ACLU Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani issued the following statement:

“It is extremely disappointing that Congress is sacrificing the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major internet companies including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans. Trump should use his power to protect everyone’s right to privacy.”

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