The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution that will allow internet service providers — such as Comcast or AT&T — to share/sell information of what websites you go to to third parties without asking for your permission.
Previously the FCC under the Obama administration required internet service providers to ask customers for permission before sharing it — with the aim to protect the privacy of people.
But U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R - Arizona) proposed a measure to over turn it, and it passed 50-48 in the Senate. It will go to the House next, where it is expected to pass. This will remove the FCC’s rule.
Currently, websites you visit can “catch” your information and share it with others, but internet service providers can’t.
Now if this proposal passes the House, internet service providers can share your financial, healthcare, location, browsing data without asking for your permission first.
Republicans who supported this bill say it will help internet service providers and make it fair with other social media websites, who are already allowed to do this.
This is one of the many different regulations that are rolled back under the new Trump administration and new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.