04 Apr Trump has Signed Repeal of the FCC Privacy Rules. Here’s What Happens Next.
President Trump signed congressional legislation Monday night that repeals the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy protections for Internet users, rolling back a landmark policy from the Obama era and enabling Internet providers to compete with Google and Facebook in the online ad market.
The Obama-backed rules — which would have taken effect later this year — would have banned Internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of customer information without user consent. Data such as a consumer’s Web browsing history, app usage history, location details and more would have required a customer’s explicit permission before companies such as Verizon and Comcast could mine the information for advertising purposes.
Evan Greer, campaign director for the Internet activism group Fight for the Future, condemned the move, saying it was “deeply ironic” for Trump to sign the legislation while complaining about the privacy of his own communications in connection with the FBI’s probe into his campaign’s possible links with Russia.