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Another last-ditch effort on internet privacy fails in Annapolis

A bill addressing the sale of browsing data passed the Senate, but once again the House did not act.

The Maryland State House in Annapolis. (Technical.ly photo)

An attempt to prevent internet providers from selling customer browsing data in Maryland appeared to be over last week. But there was one more attempt before the session ended Monday in Annapolis to respond to the action from the Trump administration and U.S. Congress that’s setting off alarm bells.
According to the Baltimore Sun, however, the bill met the same fate. A House committee didn’t act.
On Monday — which was the final day of this year’s legislative session — the Senate passed a bill that would’ve addressed new FCC rules on selling private internet data.
The bill was quickly called for a hearing Monday in a House Economic Matters Committee, but the chairman decided not take action. Del. Dereck Davis, a Prince George’s County Democrat who chairs the committee, said the bill shouldn’t be done “on the fly,” according to the Sun.
Trump signed a bill last week to roll back FCC rules passed in the Obama administration that would’ve required broadband companies to get permission from consumers before selling their data. Our sister site, Technical.ly Phillypublished a post on what you can do to respond.

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