The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would allow internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon to sell browsing information without users’ consent. If signed by President Donald Trump as expected, the legislation will undo a Federal Communications Commission rule approved in October that requires consumers to opt-in before ISPs can sell their internet activity records.
The proposed legislation will not affect secure sites, also known as HTTPS sites. Those sites only allow ISPs to see websites visited, but not specific pages. In addition, Google is pushing website owners to move their websites to HTTPS, or their page ranking will be impacted.
The end result could be much ado about nothing. But for now, privacy concerns are very real.