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House to vote Tuesday on blocking Obama internet privacy rules

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The House will vote Tuesday on eliminating Obama-era Federal Communications Commission privacy regulations on internet service providers.

The vote comes days after Senate Republicans passed a bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) that would block the rules under the Congressional Review Act. That measure passed the Senate on Friday in a 50-48 party-line vote.

If it passes the House and is signed by President Trump, as is widely expected, the resolution would nullify privacy rules that make it harder for internet providers to sell consumer data.

{mosads}The FCC rules would have required broadband providers to get permission from their customers before using or sharing their data for advertising purposes. The rule covers data including the apps consumers use, the websites they visit and their location.

Republicans and the broadband industry have argued against the rules, saying they place tougher restrictions on internet providers such as AT&T and Comcast than internet websites, including Google and Facebook, that use consumer data for targeted ads.

But privacy and consumer advocates have pushed for the rules, saying they are an important safeguard against companies sharing the reams of data they collect on consumers.

The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn recently approved agency regulations with only a simple majority in each chamber.

The measure would also prohibit the FCC from passing similar rules in the future.

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