The US Senate has voted to allow ISPs to sell internet browser history without consent.
The US Senate has voted to overturn the internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The vote was close, with a result of 50-48. The rules have been put in place since last October. These rules were put in place to protect American citizen’s internet rights, stopping ISPs from selling customers browsing history without their approval. Americans are now freaking out that they will lose their rights to the internet.
These rules have not yet been applied since it must go through The House and be voted the same way it had been in the Senate. President Trump also has the power to choose any decision and keep them in place. If the Senate’s decision gets approved by The House and President Trump, then the FCC cannot introduce similar rules in the future. If this goes through, we can see these rules in place as early as the 4th of December 2017.
After the vote, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts said “ISP” should stand for “information sold for profit,” and “invading subscriber privacy,” according to Ars Technica.
It is almost certain that ISPs will be using this opportunity to earn even more money by selling our browser history to advertisers.
You do have options to protect your information though. The most easiest way is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) but it is quite hard to find a legitimate and also doesn’t sell your data.
Many people think this rule will go through, but regardless on what people say, there may be a miracle.
What do you think about this? Do you think that the government should respect our privacy? Comment below your opinion.