House Republican unveils internet privacy bill


House Republican unveils internet privacy bill
  1. House Republican unveils internet privacy bill
    thehill.com
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation on Friday that would force broadband providers and internet companies trying to collect and sell consumer’s digital data to first get their expressed consent.The bill from the chairwoman of t…
    Technology

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnHouse Republican unveils internet privacy bill Overnight Tech: FCC begins rolling back net neutrality | Sinclair deal puts heat on regulators | China blames US for 'Wanna Cry' attack Opening the market to over-the-counter hearing aids: Something Congress can agree on MORE (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation on Friday that would force broadband providers and internet companies trying to collect and sell consumer’s digital data to first get their expressed consent.

The bill from the chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on technology and communications is similar in some ways to the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules that Republicans and President Trump blocked earlier this year.

But those rules only applied to internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon, not web companies like Google and Facebook. The FCC only had oversight on broadband companies, under its net neutrality rules.

Blackburn's bill would require both types of companies to get users to opt-in and agree to share data such as their app usage and web browsing history.

The bill would also make the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), not the FCC, the enforcer.

That could be difficult for privacy groups to swallow. Privacy advocates argue that the FTC doesn't have the same regulatory teeth as the FCC and would be less effective at enforcing p…

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