In individual statements this Friday, internet providers Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T pledged that they would not sell customers’ browsing history, just days after House Republicans voted to reverse privacy legislation enacted during the Obama years.
The GOP’s repeal of privacy laws sparked widespread backlash on social media, likely prompting the internet giants to clarify their position.
AT&T said in their statement that it “will not sell your personal information to anyone, for any purpose. Period.”
Republicans in Congress Tuesday narrowly passed the repeal of the [Obama era rules which had not taken effect yet] with no Democratic support and over the objections of privacy advocates.
Under the rules, internet providers would have needed to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and marketing. Websites do not need the same affirmative consent.
Some in Congress suggested providers would begin selling personal data to the highest bidder, while others vowed to raise money to buy browsing histories of Republicans.
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