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THE BIG STORY The Senate voted Thursday to strike down Obama-era Internet privacy rules.
Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Ed Markey Ed Markey The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of ‘political debate’ on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (Mass.)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last October passed the online privacy rules to crack down on the advertising practices of Internet service providers.
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and Ron Wyden Ron Wyden The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of ‘political debate’ on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (Ore.) railed against the measure on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, saying it would leave consumers vulnerable.
according to On Wednesday, Senate Democrats challenged the idea that the FTC could take responsibility for regulating Internet providers’ privacy practices.
U.S. senators voted 50 to 48 to approve a joint resolution from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules from going into effect.
The congressional resolution could render unnecessary any further action by the FCC to review the rules; Flake’s measure aims to nullify the FCC’s privacy rules altogether.
But the FCC’s regulations place certain limits on the type of data Internet providers can share and under what circumstances.
With that data, Internet providers would like to sell targeted advertising or even share that information with third-party marketers.
Senate votes to kill privacy rules meant to protect people’s sensitive data from their Internet providers
according to “The FCC privacy rules are just another example of burdensome rules that hurt more than they help,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the FCC’s privacy regulations make “the Internet an uneven playing field” and stifle innovation.
Privacy rules are even more important as corporate data breeches have become more frequent, Democrats said.
The Senate narrowly voted Thursday to overturn tough new privacy rules for Internet service providers, employing a rarely used procedure to invalidate restrictions that cable and wireless companies strongly opposed.
“This move by the Senate is a huge step in the wrong direction, and it completely ignores the needs and concerns of consumers.”The privacy rules were already in trouble before the Senate acted.
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