Today, the US Senate voted 50-48 to overturn broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers get consumer consent before selling their web browsing data to advertisers or other data companies.
The rules, which passed in October of last year, govern the collection and selling of private data by ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T. Those rules would have required internet providers to ask for permission before selling data about your usage, like web browsing history and location, as well as data about finances, health, app usage, and more. The Senate just voted against it.
Essentially, your ISP would need your approval before they could tell advertisers what web sites you like, what apps you use, where you’re at, or any health and financial information it has on you. These protections weren’t in place yet; the privacy protection rules would go into effect as early as December 4, 2017.
Hardly surprising considering the 4th Reich has just been set up to allow the rape and pillage of the poor by the rich.