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Senate Democrats want Trump to veto the rollback of Obama-era internet privacy protections


UPDATE Thursday 2:10 p.m. EST:

A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday sent a letter to President Trump urging him to veto a bill that rolls back an FCC regulation and would allow internet service providers to share consumers' search histories. 

More than 40 senators, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), signed the letter. They argued that the bill would "seriously undermine the privacy protections” of internet users.

"The data protected under the rule includes information such as one’s social security number, email contents, web browsing history, precise geo-location, application usage, data about consumer’s health and finances, and even data about their children," the Senators wrote.

"Reversing these landmark privacy protections would be the antithesis of a pro-consumer Administration," they added.

Original story: 

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to roll back Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the waning days of the Obama administration, according to CNN. The House vote comes after the Senate had voted to also undo the rules last week. Next, the resolution lands on Trump's desk, and the White House says it "strongly supports" the repeal.

Senate Democrats want Trump to veto the rollback of Obama-era internet privacy protections

WATCH | The House votes to roll back internet privacy protections

Obama's rules, which had not gone into effect yet, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data, such as web browsing history, app usage and geo-location. The providers would have also needed to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.

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