Goodbye, Privacy. Your Online Browsing History May Soon Be For Sale

Congress has voted to repeal online privacy rules that would have given consumers greater notice and control over their data. Internet Service Providers such as AT&T and Verizon will now be able to sell your browsing history, app usage, and geo-location. 

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Credit: Getty Images

For Sale: your online browsing history.

-The apps you use

-Websites you visit


-Financial and health info

In a rare political move that has united liberals and conservatives in outrage, the United States Congress has voted to repeal an array of internet privacy protections. The House of Representatives and the Senate have both voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules initiated in the waning days of the Obama administration that had not yet gone into effect. It is expected to be signed by President Trump.

#libraries are into #privacy tho. #OfficeSpace #lumbergh #HeresYourFlair WhiteboardArt

— thelibrarywhiteboard (@thecircdesk) March 29, 2017

"So as an ordinary internet user there is quite a number of things you can do to defend your rights online.  First of all, is you have to be aware.  You need to be paying attention to how your social networks, how the internet services you depend on are collecting your information. You should be asking questions about how they share that information with the government, with other companies, who can access that information under what circumstances."-Rebecca MacKinnon, internet policy expert. 

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