Recently, the senate Voted 50-48 in favor of S.J. 34, a law that would eliminate rules of broadband privacy created by the FCC last year. The Senate’s repeal is monumental. The rules required ISPs to obtain consumer’s permission in order to use certain sensitive data, like browsing history, will be able to be obtained through service providers. It is currently heading to the House for approval.
Yet, many Senate members opposed the repeal. They believe it violates the privacy of U.S citizens. Many members, such as Ed Markey who played a significant role in the creation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, lead the opposition. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny also voiced their concerns. If it is signed by the President, this law would repeal much of the FCC’s strongly-supported system of privacy framework and dismantle the requirements that cable and broadband service providers offer customers when choosing to sell their sensitive, personal information. Another huge criticism is that this is a vote for big corporate profits over the rights of American citizens. This would help corporations market products and services effectively.
The argument for the legislation is that it would be much more effective in detecting terrorism and fighting ISIS. But critics claim that the Patriot Act never received such strong support from Republicans.
This law, if signed by the president, will have massive implications on U.S citizens in regards to privacy.