March 27, 2017 (Washington) the Senate voted in Party lines to repeal privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commision days before Donald Trump won the election. This will next move to the House.
These were the rules approved on Oct 27, 2016.
Opt-in: ISPs are required to obtain affirmative “opt-in” consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information. The rules specify categories of information that are considered sensitive, which include precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and the content of communications.
Opt-out: ISPs would be allowed to use and share non-sensitive information unless a customer “opts-out.” All other individually identifiable customer information – for example, email address or service tier information – would be considered non-sensitive and the use and sharing of that information would be subject to opt-out consent, consistent with consumer expectations.
Exceptions to consent requirements: Customer consent is inferred for certain purposes specified in the statute, including the provision of broadband service or billing and collection. For the use of this information, no additional customer consent is required beyond the creation of the customer-ISP relationship.
Senator Jeff Flake of Nevada called these protections unnecessary Democrats argued that this will hand over private information, such as your use of the Internet, to the highest bidder.
This next moves to the House. This is how to contact your representative.