On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal Obama-Era FCC regulations on ISP’s that had not yet gone into effect.
This was the same resolution proposed by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) which passed through the Senate in a 50-48 vote, with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) abstaining.
The bill passed through the House with a vote of 215-205. However, there appeared to be more friction within the Republican Party this time around, as 15 Republicans splintered off from the usual practice of voting along party lines and joined the Democrats.
Now, it will be the job of President Trump to sign it into law. It has been noted that the White House fully supports the bill.
The bill invokes the Congressional Review Act, which will prevent these types of regulations being proposed again by any governmental agency.
The FCC’s regulations, which businesses had one year to comply with when they were passed in October, 2016, made ISP’s inform consumers what private information they were collecting and required opt-in consent from users in order to sell information such as financial information, medical information, child information, social security numbers and precise geolocation. Consumers would also be able to deny companies the ability to share what the FCC considers non-sensitive information.
Democrats, some Republican groups, and groups that advocate for privacy rights like the ACLU, consider the new bill a blow to privacy rights.
Specifically, Nancy Pelosi stated in letters to eleven companies that “this resolution would not only end the requirement you take reasonable measures to protect consumers’ sensitive information, but prevents the FCC from enacting a similar requirement and leaves no other agency capable of protecting consumers.”