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Congress, White House Opt to Kill Broadband Privacy Rules

Magazine article Information Management

Congress, White House Opt to Kill Broadband Privacy Rules

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On March 28, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to kill broadband privacy rules that would have required Internet service providers (ISPs) to get permission from consumers before collecting their sensitive data.

The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules was approved by a vote of 215-205 that fell largely on party lines, with the Republican majority supporting the motion.

The previous week, the U.S. Senate approved the bill on a similar party-line basis. In April, President Trump signed the bill into law.

The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules will roll back the legislation passed in October by the Federal Communications Commission that would have given consumers more control over how ISPs can use their sensitive data.

The policy defined sensitive data as any information related to a user's finances, health, information from children, precise geolocation data, web browsing history, and app usage history. …

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