Last Monday, President Trump signed into law a reversal of Internet privacy rules that allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the ability to sell consumer information such as geolocation and browsing history to advertisers. This previous Federal Communications Commission (FCC) law passed in October required ISPs to receive permission before selling consumer information.
So what changed since from October to last Monday, and how does it affect your privacy?.
How will this affect you?
Truthfully, you are unlikely to notice any changes. Since the rules were instated in October, the FCC’s new broadband privacy rules had not yet even taken effect. ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon made statements defending the new law, pointing out there are many misunderstandings and misleading information around the new rules.
Proponents of the reversal of the rules note that it unfairly subjected ISPs to privacy restrictions that are not required of websites that collect user data for targeted ads, such as Facebook and Google.
A new bill is being proposed by Senate Democrats that would reinstate privacy rules, although it is unlikely to pass.
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