; Date: Mon Apr 03 2017
Last week the US Congress voted to overturn Internet Privacy rules that had been enacted by the Obama Administration. As a result, the telephone companies and other Internet Service Providers will be able to sell our Internet browsing history and other private information to 'advertisers'.
Examples of the data that can be sold include the domain name of every site you visit, and how far you drill down into those sites. The telephone companies will now be free to install "super-cookies" (that cannot be removed) into phones.
It's possible that in practice the ISP's won't be selling individually identified information, but aggregate information that doesn't give actual identities.
The tool used by Congress is invoking the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to address regulations enacted by the Executive Branch.
- Trump has officially ended federal online privacy rules https://www.recode.net/2017/4/3/15169748/donald-trump-ends-federal-online-privacy-rules-fcc-data-advertisers
- President Trump delivers final blow to Web browsing privacy rules https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/trumps-signature-makes-it-official-isp-privacy-rules-are-dead/
- Before you lament the end of your internet privacy, read this http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/lament-end-internet-privacy-read/
- What Really Happens When the FCC’s Online Privacy Rules Are Cancelled http://fortune.com/2017/04/03/fcc-online-privacy-faq/