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SD Representatives Voted in Favor of New Bill, Repeals FCC Guidelines

From the latest shared news online, at least three members of the Congress from South Dakota (SD) agreed to support the new bill for Internet browsing and voting down the existing privacy guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

With this recent move by these members of the Congress, it is possible for Internet service providers to sell information from their clients to prospected advertisers even without their permission. It might be possible that because those South Dakota congressional representatives received donations from telecommunication firms during the election, they agreed to support the bill.

This issue began to manifest few weeks ago when majority of the US Congress representatives voted “Yes” to pass the new bill and repealing the existing FCC privacy rules. At least 215 members voted in favor of the decision, while 205 members made an effort to block the modification of the rules.

The new bill aims to provide an easier access to ISPs in tracking down and selling Internet browsing information from the people. Meaning, these providers can decide on what to do with the information without asking consent to the owners.

From the existing FCC rules passed under the Barack Obama administration, it provides the clients more power to stop their ISPs in controlling their information when accessing the Internet. Likewise, it requires the service providers to ask permission to their clients before they can use their data for advertising ventures.

Unfortunately, the newly passed bill somehow changes this kind of control because now the service providers have the authority to use and sell the information they collect from millions of web users. Because of this, many are still hoping that it may still be possible to block the implementation of the new bill because US President Donald Trump has yet to sign it.

If ever President Trump signed and approved it, it will alter the current guidelines of the FCC. In line with this, the White House revealed that the President might sign the new bill because he strongly supports the repealing of the existing rules, as stated by the news online.

It is also possible that even if the broadband providers assure their clients that they will never sell their browsing data, some consumer advocates are worrying about the security of people who are providing information when using the Internet.

According to Jeff Chester as quoted by the report online, both advertisers and marketers may line up to access all the information available for countless of web users. Chester is one of the sincere advocates from the Center for Digital Democracy and he strongly oppose the new bill.

In line with this issue, mobile phone carriers, cable firms as well as the industry of advertising believe that the FCC guidelines can be tricky. For them, it would not be easy to establish better advertising income if they still need to get permission from their clients whenever they need to use browsing histories online.

Because FCC does not control Facebook and Google with less restrictive requirements, most telecom companies today believe that the rules are unfair to them.

As for the South Dakota representatives who voted in favor of the bill, thy said that their decision is for the interest of their people.