Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifying before a Senate subcommittee on May 11, 2016. (credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Internet privacy advocates are mourning the death of online privacy rules, but yesterday’s House vote to eliminate the consumer protections was celebrated by ISPs, advertisers, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.
The rules would have required home Internet and mobile broadband providers to get consumers’ opt-in consent before selling or sharing Web browsing history, app usage history, and other private information with advertisers and other companies.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has consistently agreed with ISPs that they should not face stricter rules than website operators like Google and Facebook. Pai, a Republican, was in the commission minority when the rules were passed last year, but Republicans now have a majority on the FCC.
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