Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Senate Just Voted to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Web History

Well, it looks as though that, in addition to Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and everyone else that sells your browsing habits to advertisers, ISPs will now be allowed to get in on the action as well. Pretty much the only person that has no say so over who your data is sold to is you.

Today, the US Senate voted 50-48 to overturn broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers get consumer consent before selling their web browsing data to advertisers or other data companies. The rules, which passed in October of last year, govern the collection and selling of private data by ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T. Those rules would have required internet providers to ask for permission before selling data about your usage, like web browsing history and location, as well as data about finances, health, app usage, and more. The Senate just voted against it.