What the death of broadband privacy rules means

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks during an interview in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

It means whenever you go onto the Internet to do searches, browse or anything at all, your Internet provider will be able to track you, collect that data, and use that information to make money from anyone who wants to buy the information.

If you like to browse the internet, some consumer groups say get ready for your service provider to spy on you and then sell your data for its own profit. A federal appellate court ruled recently that the FTC lacks jurisdiction to bring enforcement actions against broadband providers.

While the nation's attention focused last week on the health care chaos enveloping House Republicans, across the rotunda in the Senate, Republicans quietly were gutting internet privacy rules.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted that providers know a "startling amount" about users, who "should not have to give up every shred of privacy when you go online".

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His attack initially killed Cochran and two British nationals, and injured dozens of others, at least one of whom has since died. She told the court: "I take a moment to pass my sympathies to the family of Masood, who are also all victims of this incident".

Pallone argued on the House floor that "this resolution tells the companies charged with running the country's broadband networks that they no longer have to be reasonable when it comes to their customers' data".

Industry groups pointed out that internet companies like Google did not have to ask for permission of users for tracking what sites they visit.

"Click through that privacy policy, figure out what the collection processes are, and either change your preferences from within that website, or decide you're going to take your business elsewhere, that's still an option for consumers", Luehr said.

Undoing the FCC regulation leaves people's online information in a murky area.

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However, many in the White House are hoping Walsh's departure fixes another one of the problems to plague the administration. Her departure means the loss of a key Priebus ally at the White House as well as one of its highest-ranking women.

Internet security experts like Paul Hager said there are some things people can do to protect their information.

Trump's choice to lead the FCC, Ajit Pai, has been a critic of the existing net neutrality rules, although he has yet to say if and how he plans to reverse them. Widely praised by privacy and consumer advocates when it was finalized past year, the rule hadn't yet taken effect.

As The Washington Post points out, a lot of internet users are freaking out over the decision by the House of Congress to scrap the privacy protection act that the previous administration's FCC enacted.

"The market for Internet users' data is extremely opaque", explained Peter Eckersley, the chief computer scientist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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He said he wants to know why the materials appeared to be directed through Nunes if they originated at the White House. Schiff today said Nunes has yet to inform him what was the info, where he saw it, and who showed it to him.

"The internet has become the fantastic tool that it is because it is largely left untouched by regulation and that shouldn't stop now", McCarthy said.

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