The U.S senate has voted to deregulate the online privacy regulations set up during the Obama administration, internet companies such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T are now one step closer to selling the personal information and browsing habits of internet users in order to expand their businesses.
According to the online privacy regulations which have not come into effect yet internet providers were required to ask permission from users before they can share your personal information. This is a much more protected way then to let them use your personal data unless you tell them to stop.
Consumer advocates have shared their concerns that without such protections personal data of users will be used by the companies how ever they like. Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy said: “Advertisers and marketers are lining up to get access to all the information that’s now available about us.”
Personal data of users is already been tracked by Facebook and Google but internet providing companies can access even more personal details including sites that users visit, the apps they use and the data received from these apps and even everyone you email.
However, telecom companies have consistently argued that Google have access to far more personal details of users then them.