Online privacy data protection has always been regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. "He can show that he is on the side of the people by vetoing this measure".
Trump has not talked as president about net neutrality but in 2014 tweeted he opposed net neutrality.
The privacy bill would repeal regulations adopted in October by the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama administration requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc.
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It's ironic that the GOP, a party that defends privacy when it comes to secure IDs, prescription drug databases and anonymous campaign donations, think nothing of dumping internet privacy rules.
Flake said the repeal was "the first step toward restoring the FTC's light-touch, consumer-friendly approach".
Eckersley warned that the new resolution rolling back privacy protections essentially gives broadband providers the greenlight to "go full steam ahead and do maximum tracking".
Others in Congress claimed that other agencies already police privacy. A federal appellate court ruled recently that the FTC lacks jurisdiction to bring enforcement actions against broadband providers.
"Overwhelmingly, the American people do not agree with Republicans that this information should be sold, and it certainly should not be sold without your permission", Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.
There might be some valid arguments about the need to clarify or modernize the rules governing internet providers and the use of personal consumer information, but it doesn't seem that's the intent of this legislation. Under the regulation rollback, they will be allowed to interact with sensitive user data by creating marketing profiles based on browsing history and deploying undetectable tools to track web traffic.
Democrats said Republicans put profits over the privacy concerns of Americans.