Now that the Senate has voted 50-48 to reverse confusing and unnecessary broadband privacy rules established under the Obama administration, the resolution will likely be taken up by the House next week.
Below is a statement from IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher on the original regulations and what rolling them back will mean for consumers:
The previous FCC’s asymmetrical privacy regulation is at odds with consumers’ privacy expectations, deters innovation and causes marketplace distortion. Applying different privacy rules to the same online data by saddling only ISPs with new regulations didn’t make sense.
For the previous two decades, the internet flourished under the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) evenhanded, flexible privacy approach that applied to all companies across the internet and ensured strong consumer privacy protections. Abandoning the FCC’s fragmented privacy framework and restoring a uniform set of privacy protections will give consumers the true sense of security they deserve, while spurring innovation, investment and new services.