Congress Just Made It Harder for You to Shield Yourself From Internet Discrimination
On Tuesday, in a vote with strong Democratic opposition, Congress passed a resolution to undo Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules issued under the Obama administration late last year that would have protected this sensitive information. Internet service providers (ISP) oppose these rules for a very simple reason: There is a lot of money to be made in selling consumers’ data. As a result, the industry has spent millions lobbying Congress to oppose the protections. The Trump administration’s support of the measure means it is almost certain to become law.