House Votes to Gut Internet Privacy Rules

By Marcos Colon

A vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday has resulted in allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to share and sell their customers’ data to advertisers and other third parties without consumer content.

The vote, which repeals the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules, led to the enormous backlash from critics who believe the move will “fundamentally undermine” online security, according to Newsweek.

“Today Congress proved once again that they care more about the wishes of the corporations that fund their campaigns than they do about the safety and security of their constituents,” said Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future, an internet rights group.

Greer believes that the vote will result in ISPs spying on consumers, as well as “unconstitutional mass government surveillance.”

Major providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are in support of the order. 

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