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US Senate votes to eliminate broadband privacy rules, allowing ISPs to sell users’ browsing history to advertisers

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US Senate votes to eliminate broadband privacy rules, allowing ISPs to sell users’ browsing history to advertisers

The elimination of the rules will make it possible for US ISPs to sell their customers' information such as browsing history and location data without explicit permission from the user. The current rules also require companies to give information about the type of data they collect, the purpose of the collection, and what kinds of third-party companies might have access to the information, Buzzfeed reports.

The Senate’s 50–48 vote was entirely along party lines, with Republicans voting for the measure.

The move has been widely criticised by Democrats and consumer advocates, according to ArsTechnica. For instance Access Now condemned the measure, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation said ISPs “shouldn’t be able to profit off of the information about what you search for, read about, purchase, and more without your consent.“

The critics of the existing privacy rules argue that they are expensive to ISPs, and that they create an uneven playing field, as web-based companies such as Google and Facebook do not face similar restrictions, PCWorld reported.

The House of Representatives still needs to vote on the elimination before it is officially enacted, after which it needs to be signed by president Trump.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-03-24 13:45

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