The White House says Donald Trump’s effort to repeal the Stop Online Piracy Act, which has been blamed for blocking access to pirated movies and TV shows, may have led to the failure of a major cybersecurity tool.
Trump announced Wednesday that he had asked the Federal Communications Commission to repeal a key part of the law, which requires Internet service providers to keep data about consumers, including online activity, on their servers.
He said it was a step toward making Internet access easier for Americans, who can now circumvent the law.
The law has been criticized by the technology industry as the single most important cybersecurity measure to pass in the last decade, as the U.S. has experienced unprecedented cyberattacks and foreign espionage.
Trump has said he wants to scrap the law and replace it with a more aggressive approach to cybercrime.
But the president and top aides have repeatedly said they don’t believe the law is the root cause of cyberattacks.