House Republicans voted nearly unanimously Tuesday to revoke the FCC's broadband privacy rules, sending legislation to the White House that would undo the federal government's strongest-ever online privacy regulations. Republicans passed the measure 215-205 over the fierce objections of Democrats, who are widely supportive of the Obama-era regulations. Set to go into effect later this year, the rules would block internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from using data on customers' web browsing and app habits for advertising without their consent. Telecom industry groups and Republicans have been targeting the rules for months, saying they are too strict and unfairly hold ISPs to a tougher privacy standard than that faced by web companies like Google and Facebook. "These rules are unnecessary and just another example of big government overreach," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who led the legislative effort in the House. The Senate passed the same Congressional Review Act resolution last week, and with the White House signaling its support for the measure, Republicans are poised to undo one of President Barack Obama's top internet policy achievements.
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