Jeff Flake

FCC Chairman Pai wants to halt Internet privacy rules before they begin taking effect this week

FCC Chairman Pai wants to halt Internet privacy rules before they begin taking effect this week

The nation’s new top telecommunications regulator wants to halt tough Internet privacy rules before they begin taking effect this week, arguing they would unfairly impose tougher requirements on broadband providers than on websites and social networks.

Privacy advocates and a key Senate Democrat vowed Monday to fight the move as well as a separate effort in Congress to overturn the regulations, which were approved in October on a party-line vote by the Federal Communications Commission when it was controlled by Democrats under President Obama.

Following President...

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