Can states protect your internet browsing history from being sold?

Internet privacy

ST. PETERSBURG — State's rights vs Federal rights.

It's a fight that goes all the way back to the founding fathers.

And it's becoming even more of a centerpiece in politics today.

President Trump and the Republican controlled House and Senate have the power.

Just this week, the House and Senate voted to remove privacy rules from internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Spectrum...and all of the others.

If and when President Trump signs the measure into law, those companies will be able to sell your private web browsing history to marketers without you even knowing it.

But, some states are trying to fight back.

Minnesota is working on a measure that would bar ISPs from selling your personal data without written consent.

And states throughout the nation have already enacted legislation regarding privacy on websites, and more.

So, if you're mad about this whole -- we can sell your private data stuff, should you add your local state reps and senators to your angry call sheet?

“There is something that states can do the Supreme Court going back to the 1950s recognizes that individuals have a right to privacy,” said University of Tampa Political Science professor William Myers. “They could theoretically start pushing legislation in this area to protect their citizens.

"These kind of like leading states are going to make their move, and then other states are going to kind of sit back and watch and see what happens. I stayed start to become a little more proactive in this area it's going to start to well and we're gonna start to see some clashes between the federal government and what the  states are trying to do to regulate and protect their citizens' privacy,” he said.

So sure call away! Add 'em to the list if you like.

See, that battle between states and the feds is still alive.

You've seen the President's new travel ban put on hold indefinitely by a judge in Hawaii.

The previous one was killed by a suit from Washington State's attorney general.

So when it comes to your privacy online, with enough pressure, telecom experts say states may step up.

It just may take state after state stepping up before a broader nation-wide privacy rule is established.

 

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