US Senate allows sale of browser

the Senate has voted for the abolition of data protection rules which have forced Internet service providers to obtain the consent of their clients before they may sell their browsing data and other personal information to advertisers or other companies. It aims to repeal adopted rules – at that time still under democratic leadership – October 2016 by the supervisory authority, Federal Communications Commission, as Ars Technica reported.

 privacy (image: Shutterstock) in addition, the Senate wants to achieve that the FCC can in future no similar rules – regardless of the political orientation of the regulatory authority. The new Bill needs yet the approval of the House of representatives, but also controlled by a Republican majority. Then also President Donald Trump would have to sign the law.

“President Trump might be angry due to alleged violations of his privacy, but every American should be alarmed for the real violations against his privacy, that will be the result of Republican withdrawal of data protection for broadband Internet,” the Democratic Senator Ed Markey said according to the report, after the vote.

the Republican Senator Jeff Flake have tabled two weeks ago the design. He was recruited for his act with the argument, it protected consumers from to wide-reaching Internet regulation. The new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in turn explained, different privacy rules for Internet service providers and companies such as Google and Facebook confused consumers. “American consumers need to be no lawyers protected to know which of their data” said Pai.

Markey fears that Internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon or AT & T future confidential data such as health information, could put together children financial data and information on to a map, to show, for example, shopping habits. These cards could then sell them to any interested party.

“your ISP can know when you up in the morning, by the time the morning get the weather or news on the Internet, or through an Internet-enabled device in her home”, Ars Technica quoted the also Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. “And this provider might immediately know if you feel uncomfortable – contact like most of us on the Internet, to check your symptoms accepted.” “You could actually provider to learn more about your health – and your responses to a disease – as they are prepared to share with their doctor.”

it was as it were the Holy Grail of data collection, added Nelson. Therefore, it is not surprising that the broadband provider wanted to use this information for commercial purposes, without consent and without the knowledge of the user. His colleague Ron Wyden also pointed out that many Americans not in the position were to choose between different Internet providers. They would have to decide then whether they release their browsing history or refused to have Internet access. In addition, ISPs the data of their customers could sell also according to the current rules – but only with their consent.

should be noted, that the still not entered into force are adopted privacy rules of the FCC in October 2016. You should only apply from 4 December 2017. In addition to the consent of customers, they also stipulate that Internet providers inform in detail about the collection and use of customer data. The purchasers of the data would have to disclose it.

ever since 2 March should ISPs actually be required, to protect the data of its customers against theft and hackers. This rule has been overridden by the FCC but until further notice. It is unclear whether a further new scheme from June 2 will apply. It contains requirements for the disclosure of data loss.


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