The US House of Representatives[official site] on Tuesday voted [results] to repeal Internet privacy regulations. Following the Senate vote [JURIST report], the House voted 231-189 to approve HR 230 [materials], preventing the Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services [text] rule from entering into force. The rule would have prevented telecommunication organizations from selling or sharing information that would impact the confidentiality of customer proprietary information. The bill now goes to the executive branch for a signature.
Governments around the world have re-examined their data privacy laws in the wake of a myriad of data leaks, including the Edward Snowden [JURIST backgrounder] leaks. Governments around the world have attempted [JURIST op-ed] to gain control over data transferred within their borders. Last month the US House approved [JURIST report] a measure that would update US privacy laws in regards to e-mails and cloud storage. In October 2015 the European Court of Justice ruled [JURIST report] that EU user data transferred to the US was not sufficiently protected. In June 2015 a court in The Hague struck down [JURIST report] a Dutch law that allowed the government to retain telephone and Internet data of Dutch citizens for up to 12 months in an effort to combat terrorism and organized crime.