White House: Trump Will Sign Repeal Of Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules

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The White House said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will sign legislation repealing online privacy regulations issued at the end of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Reuters reported that Trump plans to sign the bill to block rules preventing internet service providers from selling information about their customers’ browsing habits without permission.

The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday in a party-line vote, 50-48. House Republicans on Tuesday evening voted 215-205, with no support from Democrats, to block the Obama-era rules.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during his daily briefing Wednesday that the administration will provide “further updates” once the bill has been finalized and enrolled.

“When we have further updates on a signing ceremony I will let you know,” Spicer said.

“Doesn’t this erosion of protections create major risks for people that could use it for nefarious purposes, also hostile nations potentially looking at what congressmen are browsing online?” Yahoo! reporter Hunter Walker asked. “Is that concerning to the White House?”

“When we do sign it, I’m sure we’ll have further details on why,” Spicer replied.

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