Last year, the FCC enacted a privacy law that prohibited ISPs from selling your data without your permission. Now, using the Congressional Review Act, the US Senate has voted to overturn the law. Assuming this resolution passes through the House, which it very likely will, Internet service providers will be able to collect and sell your data without you being able to do a damn thing about it.

Here’s a quote from Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal, regarding the vote:

“This resolution is a direct attack on consumer rights, on privacy, on rules that afford basic protection against intrusive and illegal interference with consumers’ use of social media sites and websites that often they talk for granted.”

The data that ISPs can collect and sell includes your location, finances, healthcare, and browsing data, but it certainly isn’t limited to just those. Fingers crossed that some ISPs will be decent enough to allow you to opt out of data collection.

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise as new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has opposed net neutrality from the start, making it very clear where his loyalties lie. Hint: it’s not with the consumers.

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