President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday repealing privacy regulations first mandated under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) while it was under the chairmanship of Democrat Tom Wheeler last year, according to multiple reports and an industry source.
The rules would have required broadband companies to acquire consent from customers before using or selling their personal data — like browsing history and limited financial information — for tailored advertisements.
Senate and House Republicans, respectively, voted in late March to repeal the Obama-era privacy regulations that were set to take place later this year. The lawmakers utilized the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a bill that permits Congress and the president to overturn recently passed regulations that originated and were authorized through a federal agency.
Trump’s decision “appropriately invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the internet,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, according to Reuters. “Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were designed to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers.”