User data on the Internet may be marketed by telecommunications companies in the United States, following passage of a law in the House of Representatives with 215 votes in favor and 205 against. All of the voters who were in favor of the new rules are part of the Republican Party.
The law allows Internet companies to sell user data on the Internet to advertisers, such as search history, downloaded applications and browsing through a tablet, computer or smartphone. The companies will be able to access this type of information as long as the user does not expressly request that the privacy of their data is maintained.
Ratification of the reform could be a triumph for companies such as Verizon or Comcast, which rejected measures by former US President Barack Obama and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure security and privacy in the network.
Republicans argue that this bill will end other regulations that they consider excessive, although they have not had experts or advisors to carry out the wording of the text. Also, the regulations were not discussed with the sector committees. However, Donald Trump plans to sign the text in the next few days.
Prior to the approval of the law, companies could only access customer information if they received approval and were required to share the type of information they requested, as well as requesting permission to reach users’ Internet histories. From now on, companies will be able to access all this information without the consent of the users, who must expressly advise if they do not agree with the collection of their data.