Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Republicans In Congress Just Voted Away Your Internet Privacy. Here's Why They Did It A List Of Who And How Much They Were Paid
These privacy rules were intended to give consumers extra control over their personal data when all of our devices, personal or not, seem to can be connected to the Internet.
The Republicans in the House of Representatives deemed all that information was just too good for you to keep to yourselves so they voted to repeal the Internet privacy protections.
The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week.
The resolution now goes to Trump who has stated that he "strongly supports" the bills repeal.
The rules would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location. In other words everything from where you are to what you're looking at online.
Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.
The reasoning the Republicans gave for killing the privacy rules was that it placed an undue burden on broadband providers and that the repeal would level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market.
But rather than apply similar protections to other businesses, thus making the playing field truly level, the Republican-controlled Congress voted to scrap the rules entirely.
Democrats and privacy advocates have argued this approach effectively hands over the customer's personal information to the highest bidder as it wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the Internet.
The repeal is a big win for large providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T who have bet billions on content that can potentially be paired with subscriber data to build up lucrative targeted advertising businesses that compete with Google and Facebook.
These companies who stand to profit from such a ruling have paid a rather small sum for the windfall this decision will bring them by "contributing" to the campaigns of the Republicans who voted in their favor.
Here is The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them compiled by "The Verge"...