President Trump allows ISPs to share & sell customers’ private data
In his yet another controversial decision, U.S. President Donald Trump has repealed the rules that banned Internet service providers (ISPs) from selling their customers’ private information.
Thus, ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are no longer be obligated to seek their customers’ consent before sharing or selling their private data. In other words, ISPs do not have to notify their customers about what sort of data they collect and share with others.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) criticized the decision, saying it would jeopardize customers’ privacy. The organization also argued that such decisions would prevent the FCC from introducing similar protections in the future.
Criticizing the president’s decision, the EFF said, “A measure to roll back crucial privacy protections has crossed the finish line, and Internet users are worse off for it.”
Republicans-dominated Congress approved the rollback of the rules on 28th of March in a 215-205 vote. The FCC had approved the rules in October last year, but they had not fully taken effect yet.