Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers’ online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers’ usage information for advertising purposes. You can thank your senators for giving away your privacy and helping businesses (that probably contributed campaign funds to the politicians) track your every online movement.
U.S. senators voted 50 to 48 to approve a joint resolution from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules from going into effect. The resolution also would bar the FCC from ever enacting similar consumer protections. It now heads to the House.
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NOTE: Most of the online tracking can be blocked by using a VPN. That makes your web use invisible to your Internet service provider and to most everyone else. This piece of legislation is just one more reason why you should use a VPN all the time, regardless of the politician’s disdain for your privacy.