While we weren't looking, the Senate voted to take away the privacy rights of Internet users as a favor to the cable and telephone industry. The vote was 50-48, meaning there is a chance we can turn this around.
The House is planning on scheduling a vote on a companion bill early this week. According to Politico, the resolution would undo the FCC’s rules passed last fall and let internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon use data about customers’ web browsing and app activity for advertising without getting their permission first. It would also prevent the FCC from establishing similar rules in the future.
WHAT ARE THEY CHANGING?
Electronic Frontier Foundation summaries the situation like this:
"Americans have enjoyed a legal right to privacy from your communications provider under Section 222 of the Telecommunications Act... When Congress made that law, it had a straightforward vision in how it wanted the dominate communications network to treat your data, recognizing that you are forced to share personal information in order to utilize the service and did not have workable alternatives.
Now Congress has begun to reverse course by eliminating your communication privacy protections in order to open the door for the cable and telephone industry to aggressively monetize your personal information. Proponents of such a drastic course change in law would have you believe that a repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's updated privacy rules for broadband providers would still leave your privacy protections intact. "
We have to oppose H.J. Res 86 and S.J. Res 34.
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