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Trump Affirms Congress’s Repeal of the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules

Congress has voted to overturn the customer privacy rules adopted last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for wireless and home broadband internet service providers (ISPs) and other telecommunications carriers, thereby opening the door to more expansive and aggressive uses of customer data.

Background
Last October 27, the FCC adopted rules establishing a framework of customer consent for ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast to be able to use and share their customers’ personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had previously regulated the privacy practices of broadband providers until a change in its jurisdiction in 2015.

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