This resolution would repeal a regulation put forward by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that limits broadband providers from accessing and collecting customer information, like app usage. web searches, and the content of communications. The rule was finalized by the Obama administration on October 27, 2016 and set to take effect in March 2017 before it was partially blocked by the FCC chairman.
The rule requires internet service providers (ISPs) to get an opt-in from consumers to use and share sensitive information including geo-location, financial information social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history, and the content of communications. ISPs would be allowed to use non-sensitive information like email addresses or service tier information unless a consumer opted out.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is able to overturn regulations finalized within the last 60 legislative days with simple majority votes on a joint resolution of disapproval in both chambers and the president’s signature. CRA resolutions also prevent the federal agency that created the regulation from issuing a similar rule without being directed to do so by Congress.