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Critics ask President Trump to veto broadband privacy bill

Critics ask President Trump to veto broadband privacy bill (WRGB)

ALBANY, NY (WRGB)--President Trump now has less than a week to decide on a rollback of FCC internet protections announced last year.

Now, critics are making a final plea to keep them in place.

"If President Trump clicks his pen and signs this resolution, consumers will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a New York minute,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer exclaimed Sunday.

The issue? How broadband providers can use the information they gather from customers without you knowing.

Everything from the sites you visit--to your location--and more.

"These people essentially have a front row seat to your life,” said Mike Stamas, Executive Vice President of Greycastle Security in Troy.

Stamas says it's good to have a healthy sense of paranoia, considering the potential reach into our personal lives.

"They know if you may have a health issue, if you're looking for a new home. If you're having a financial crisis or relationship issues,” he continued.

The companies affected say, “not so fast!”

AT&T stresses the repealed FCC rules 'had not even taken effect yet,' and the new law would have 'zero effect on the privacy protections afforded to customers.'

Verizon has pointed out they don't sell the personal web browsing history of its customers.

Experts say it's worth noting many third-party companies like Google and Facebook do sell some of your information.

“Really asking the right questions when you give someone your information is very important today.,” Stamas said.

To see how internet service providers are responding to the bill before the President, click below:

Spectrum:

http://policy.charter.com/blog/charters-commitment-consumer-privacy-not-changed%E2%80%8B/

Verizon:

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-committed-your-privacy

AT&T:

https://www.attpublicpolicy.com/privacy/reversing-obamas-fcc-regulations-a-path-to-consumer-friendly-privacy-protections/

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