The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration. He said the regulations picked "winners and losers", benefiting certain companies over others.
"This bill has been rushed through both the House and Senate at breakneck speed with one clear goal - to get it signed into law before the American People know about it", Doyle said after launching the petition. Still, Republicans in Congress voted to allow these corporations to profit off of their consumers, selling simple data to advertisers in order to make a quick buck.
Internet companies like Google don't have to ask for users' permission before tracking what sites they visit.
Under the rules, Internet service 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.
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"The consequences of passing this resolution are clear: broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and others will be able to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission", said House Representative Anna Eshoo.
These rules also required broadband providers to take reasonable measures to protect customer information, although those weren't spelled out.
Policy analyst Kate Tummarello told NBC News that the FCC rules Republicans want to eliminate are intended "to protect your data" and keep ISPs from doing a "host of creepy things" without your consent. What's really at stake here is the FCC thinks it's unfair that Google can gather and use your information, but Verizon can't, for example.
Congress passed a bill gutting internet privacy protections this week and now Democratic Senators are making a Hail Mary effort to convince the president to veto the legislation when it reaches his desk. Those companies fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission. Over the last two months, they have voted to repeal more than a dozen Obama-era regulations in the name of curbing government overreach.