President Trump delivers final blow to Web-browsing privacy rules in the US

President Trump delivers final blow to Web-browsing privacy rules in the US
By Jon Brodkin

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Note: Even though lots of worldwide data flows to the US, this only affects customers of US ISPs. Backbone providers can’t yet legally sell your Web history.

President Donald Trump today signed a repeal of online privacy rules that would have limited the ability of ISPs to share or sell customers’ browsing history for advertising purposes. Trump’s action follows the Senate and House voting to eliminate the rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission during Barack Obama’s presidency.

“President Trump has signed away the only rules that guarantee Americans a choice in whether or not their sensitive Internet information is sold or given away,” said Chris Lewis, VP of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge. Trump’s action also “eliminates the requirement that broadband providers notify their customers of any hacking or security breaches.”

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April 4, 2017 at 10:54AM
via Ars Technica UK http://ift.tt/2nz83DW

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