Saturday 18 January 2020

Trump to repeal US broadband privacy regulations

U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS

David Shepardson

US president Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet, the White House said.

Republicans in Congress this week narrowly passed the repeal of the privacy rules, with no Democratic support.

The fight over privacy sets the stage for an even larger battle later this year over plans to overturn the net neutrality provisions adopted by the administration of former president Barack Obama in 2015.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he did not know when Mr Trump would sign the bill.


The privacy bill would repeal regulations adopted in October by the Federal Communications Commission requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites.

Under the rules, 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 marketing.

Republican commissioners have said the rules would unfairly give websites the ability to harvest more data than internet service providers.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a tweet the vote was "terrible for American ppl, great for big biz".

Republicans next plan to overturn net neutrality rules that in 2015 reclassified broadband providers and treated them like a public utility. The rules bar internet providers from obstructing consumer access to web content and ban giving or selling access to speedy internet to certain internet services.

Irish Independent

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