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H.R. 2520: BROWSER Act of 2017

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Should websites be able to sell your browsing history, location, medical information, or emails without your express permission?


Just two weeks before the 2016 election, the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed rules which significantly limited what information internet service providers — such as Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T — could sell to third parties without a user’s express permission.

Among the items included in the restrictions were a user’s financial information, medical information, location history, and browsing history. These now couldn’t be shared unless a user actively “opted ...

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Marsha Blackburn

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2017
Length: 13 pages

May 18, 2017


Introduced on May 18, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 18, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 18, 2017

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H.R. 2520 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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