Congress Votes to Strip Away FCC's Internet Privacy Rules

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Chairman of US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee hearing on 'Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2016. He was FCC Commissioner at the time. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the House approved a measure that rolls back FCC internet privacy regulations issued under the Obama administration. Under those rules, which never went into effect, the FCC would prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from selling and sharing consumers' data. But the new bill -- which has already passed the senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Trump -- opens the door for ISPs to sell their customers'data. Telecommunication companies are celebrating the legislation, arguing that the Obama regulations were unnecessary and hurt economic growth and innovation. But consumer rights advocates see it as an attack on consumers' online privacy. In this hour, Forum hears from both sides and discusses ways that you can protect your privacy online.


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