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GOP Lawmaker Who Helped Kill ISP Privacy Rules Proposes New Privacy Rules

Postby sunnyd » Fri May 19, 2017 2:50 pm

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Seven weeks after Congress voted to prevent implementation of new ISP privacy rules, a lawmaker who helped lead that effort has proposed legislation that would impose similar rules in a new form.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the House version of legislation that ultimately killed those privacy rules in March. But now she's back with a new bill (full text linked in article) that requires broadband providers and websites to obtain users' opt-in consent before using or sharing Web browsing history, application usage history, and other sensitive data like the content of communications and financial and health information.

There's one big caveat: Blackburn's bill would prevent individual states and municipalities from imposing laws that are stricter than the proposed federal standard.

Still, the proposed opt-in requirement is very similar to one the Federal Communications Commission tried to impose on all home and mobile Internet providers. Republicans in Congress objected to those rules, saying that ISPs shouldn't face stricter requirements than Web companies like Google and Facebook. Websites are regulated separately by the Federal Trade Commission and just need to offer users a way to opt out of the use and sharing of browsing data.

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