The US Senate voted narrowly to repeal regulations requiring Internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc. - From http://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2017/03/24/us-senate-votes-to-overturn-obama-broadband-privacy-rules/
Undone: According to the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission under Obama, Internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before their data for advertising and internal marketing.
According to the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, Internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate was overturning a regulation that "makes the internet an uneven playing field, increases complexity, discourages competition, innovation, and infrastructure investment." But Democratic Senator Ed Markey said, "Republicans have just made it easier for American’s sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared, and sold to the highest bidder without their permission." In a joint statement, Democratic members of the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission said the Senate vote "creates a massive gap in consumer protection law as broadband and cable companies now have no discernible privacy requirements." Republican commissioners, including Pai, said in October that the rules would unfairly give websites like Facebook, Twitter Inc or Google the ability to harvest more data than internet service providers and thus dominate digital advertising.
The FCC earlier this month delayed the data rules from taking effect.
The Internet and Television Association, a trade group, in a statement praised the vote as a "critical step towards re-establishing a balanced framework that is grounded in the long-standing and successful FTC privacy framework that applies equally to all parties operating online." Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel for advocacy group Consumers Union, said the vote "is a huge step in the wrong direction, and it completely ignores the needs and concerns of consumers." — Reuters OnePlus 3T is now available Tunku Mahkota Johor is new FAM boss Who do you trust for news?