White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal

President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for internet service providers or ISPs. The resolution now goes to Trump's desk.

The companies have said the privacy rules put them at a disadvantage compared with websites like Facebook and Google, which aren't normally regulated by the FCC and weren't affected by the rules.

The Republican-led Senate had voted 50 to 48 last week to reverse the privacy rules passed last October under the US Freedom Act during the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Be prepared to bid adieu to your online privacy.

The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the repeal ensures Internet service providers are treated the same as online businesses like Facebook and Google, which are not required to receive permission from users.

The bill passed in a 215-205 vote today with Republicans overwhelmingly voting in favor of repealing the broadband privacy rules.

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.

Reuters reported that Trump plans to sign the bill to block rules preventing internet service providers from selling information about their customers' browsing habits without permission.

Some privacy sponsors are claiming that ISP should now be known as, "Information Sold for Profit". "I don't want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it".

"What America needs is one standard across the internet ecosystem and the Federal Trade Commission is the best place for that standard", said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.

With Facebook and Google, tired users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. Well known Internet Service Providers include Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T. They faulted the rule saying it was unfair and confusing for consumers.

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