US President Donald Trump Signs New Bill to Reverse FCC Privacy Rules, Favors ISPs
After few weeks of discussions and arguments involving, the latest proposed bill to repeal or revoke the Barack Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules, now US President Donald Trump signed the resolution on Monday night. This latest move proved that Trump showed willingness to overturn the privacy measures when using the Internet.
From the reports online, the approval of Trump to make the resolution of the U.S. Congress to become a bill gives the Internet or broadband service providers an opportunity to gather and sell information online from different browsing histories of their users. The affixed signature of the US President confirmed that these providers or telecom companies can now decide for their own purpose even without the permission of the users.
It was a memorable win for the Republicans because they had been trying to oppose the decision of former US President Obama who approved the FCC privacy guidelines last October 2016. The guidelines will take effect before the end of 2017, but the latest signed bill means changing the rules already.
With this latest twist, it appears that the votes of the Democrats few months ago vanished after the signing of Trump on Monday. The repealed guidelines became successful because the Republicans consider using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of which permits the Congress as well as the president to reverse the previous decision of the FCC. According to the shared information, it is not possible for the agency to impose such guidelines again once overturned.
Some of the companies that will benefit from this new resolution include Comcast and Verizon. They will now have the same control such as what Facebook and Google had, in terms of privacy online rules.
When talking about the huge change that the new law suggests, it provides the ISPs and broadband companies to gather and sell information from their clients such as browsing data or other personal information. They can sell the collected data to interested advertisers online and do not make them liable under the latest online privacy rules.
On the other hand, there are technology policy experts who believe that this kind of move does not benefit the customers or users when talking about protecting their rights and personal information.
According to the Director of the M.I.T. Internet Policy Research Initiative Danny Weitzner, the decision to reverse the rules means no replacement or it is permanent, as stated by the news. Weitzner is a former technology policy official during the administration of Barack Obama.
From the standpoint of some privacy experts and broadband firms also, they do not function as internet companies unlike Facebook and Google, which are popular huge web-based companies and with a lot of market blow online. Meaning, they have different methods on how they handle their clients than Internet service providers.
Since 1990, consumers get better protection under the conditions of the FCC and this is the first time that the ISPs will control what they need from the information they collect online.