On Tuesday, Republicans in Congress passed the repeal of an Internet privacy rule implemented by the FCC last year. The rule would have prohibited Internet service providers from selling the browsing history of their customers.
“The Federal Communications Commission rule issued in October was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information,” the Associated Press reported. On Wednesday, the White House said President Trump plans to sign the bill.
Of the U.S. representatives from Central Texas, only Democrat Lloyd Doggett opposed the repeal of the privacy rule. Republican Reps. Michael McCaul, Bill Flores, Lama Smith, Roger Williams, John Carter and Blake Farenthold all voted for the repeal.
The repeal of the rule doesn’t necessarily mean your browsing history is up for bids. “Experts say federal law still requires broadband providers to protect customer information — but it doesn’t spell out how or what companies must do,” the Associated Press reported. “That’s what the FCC rule aimed to do.”
Still, supporters of the privacy measure argue that the information seen by Internet service providers — every website you visit and whom you send emails to — would be extremely useful for advertisers and marketers.