House to kill Obama-era FCC Internet privacy rules

The House passed a resolution on Tuesday that would eliminate the Federal Communication Commission's Internet privacy rules that were passed under the Obama administration.

The privacy rules required Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to get permission from consumers before sharing browser history and other user information.

The resolution to kill that rule was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who argued on the House floor Tuesday that "the broadband privacy rules are unnecessary and are another example of big government overreach."

She said ISPs already have a "financial incentive" to protect user data and that the rules create "uncertainty and confusion" that put consumer privacy in jeopardy.