On March 23rd the US Senate approved a resolution on Privacy in Broadband services. This resolution disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”.

This resolution aims to block an attempt by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand its regulatory jurisdiction and imposes prescriptive data restrictions on internet service providers.

The U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, explains on his pressrelease that the US Senate approved his resolution by a vote of 50-48.

“The FCC’s midnight regulation has the potential to limit consumer choice, stifle innovation, and jeopardize data security by destabilizing the internet ecosystem. Passing my resolution is the first step toward restoring a consumer-friendly approach to internet privacy regulation that empowers consumers to make informed choices on if and how their data can be shared. It will not change or lessen existing consumer privacy protections.”

The repealed FCC regulation asked for strong digital defence measures to protect the personal data. The new regulation changes the citizens’ personal data protection framework in the US and this will surely affect the security of citizens’ personal data.