GOP Votes To Repeal Internet Privacy Rules

House Republicans voted Tuesday to repeal a set of privacy protections for Internet users that was enacted under the Obama administration. In a 215-205 vote, the measure now heads to the White House where President Trump is expected to sign it. Itโ€™s a move that will allow Internet providers to collect and sell customersโ€™ browsing history, location information, and health data, among other things.

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Privacy advocates were obviously upset with the vote. โ€œTodayโ€™s vote means that Americans will never be safe online from having their most personal details stealthily scrutinized and sold to the highest bidder,โ€ said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. โ€œDonald Trump, by giving away our data to the countryโ€™s leading phone and cable giants, is further undermining American democracy.โ€