Trump Officially Nixes Obama's Internet Privacy Rules
President signs repeal, clearing way for ISPs to gather consumer data without permission
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2017 7:51 AM CDT
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President Trump supported the repeal in part "to fight Washington red tape that stifles American innovation, job creation, and economic growth," press secretary Sean Spicer said.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – In a move the ACLU has decried as putting "profits over privacy," President Trump on Monday signed a repeal of former President Obama's internet privacy rules, removing obstacles for internet service providers who wish to cull web browsing histories or other information from consumers, the AP and Reuters report. It was widely expected Trump would approve the pullback measure, which passed both the House and Senate last month. The repeal nixes an FCC regulation that would have forced ISPs to get consumers' OK before using specific data for marketing purposes. Repeal supporters say the regulation held back innovation and was unfair to ISPs, considering internet companies like Google don't have to ask consumers for permission before gathering similar data. Supporters also want oversight of internet privacy practices moved from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.

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