Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rule

Posted at 11:39 AM, Apr 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-02 18:36:14-04

NEW YORK — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to veto a resolution that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could allow internet providers to sell information about their customers' browsing habits.

The New York senator and 46 other Senate Democrats have signed a letter calling on Trump to "tell us whose side he's really on."

The Federal Communications Commission rule issued in October was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share information. But critics say the rule would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.

If Trump signs the resolution into law, ISP will be able to access and sell consumer data on browsing habits. They'll also be able to access and share location data, medical information, detailed family information, app usage history and social security numbers. In some cases, the available data could even determine where you fall on the political spectrum.

Schumer says if Trump signs the resolution, consumers "will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a New York minute."