by Countable | 3.28.17
A bill before the House of Representatives would cancel privacy regulations passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under its previous Democratic majority. The current FCC rule blocks broadband internet service providers from sharing or selling a consumer’s internet history without that person’s explicit consent. Lobbyists, activists and citizens have lined-up on both sides of this debate.
The House vote — scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th — is the final step before this bill reaches President Donald Trump’s desk. It passed the Senate last week on a party-line, 50-48 vote, and would block the FCC from issuing a similar rule without the approval of Congress.
Supporters of this bill include trade-groups and ISPs, who say current regulations already protect consumers’ privacy in this arena. A joint statement from trade-groups representing American advertising agencies called the current FCC rule a "new, costly, counterproductive, confusing and unnecessary regulatory regime." The statement continued, “Our digital economy is the global leader… and the innovation and investment that have driven its success have rested on robust, consistent self-regulatory standards."
Those who oppose the bill, lead by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) say it is the work of "big broadband barons and their Republican allies." Markey warned that blocking the FCC rule would leave people with no ability to stop ISPs from “invading their privacy and selling sensitive information about their health, finances, and children to advertisers, insurers, data brokers and others who can profit off of this personal information…”
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Do NOT let this bill pass. Issues such as this are single handedly pulling me away from the GOP. For a party who values privacy, basic freedoms, and choice, this bill is a complete 180. I will never vote Republican again if this passes. Let the people have a choice and protect our basic freedoms.
Please don't compromise my personal information by passing this bill!
I was a supporter of most of your ideals at some point but in the last 8 weeks you have made it clear that your loyalty is not to us (your constituents) since the overwhelming majority of us have asked to to vote nay to this and you did not listened. We will have to start speaking the language that you care about on November of 2018. You have almost no chance of winning my vote again. At least you will have medical insurance after your done in the House next November. Thanks for nothing!
Why are we having to argue to keep our personal information private?
I have a right to my privacy.
Please maintain our privacy. We can opt out of using Google or Facebook, but we can't opt out of an ISP if we want to be online. Vote against repeal.
"Cards Against Humanity" creator just pledged to buy and publish Congress's browser history. 😊
Please oppose this bill- protect our privacy
This proposition is absolutely ludicrous. This is a direct invasion of privacy and is nothing but exploitation. Vote No, or I certainly will not be voting for you again.
Are we seriously having another of these conversations? This is a violation of the most basic and fundamental right of Americans...the right to privacy. My internet provider does not need to share this information with anyone: no person or company! I get potential telemarketers calling my cell phone at least 3-4 times a day, even on the Do Not Call list (which is a joke). Do not vote for this bill!!!
If you vote yes on this bill, I expect an immediate public release of all communications between the Trump campaign team/administrationand Russia.
Fyi...It has been reported the Representative Ed Royce has taken $14,000 from Comcast to vote yes on the internet usage data bill. Not ok. Royce just sold my personal information for $14,000. I will be actively campaigning for his removal of office in the next election cycle. And I'm not going to be nice about it, either.
I've already pledged to a Crowdfunding effort to purchase and publish the private information of every person who supported the bill to safeguard my internet privacy. I suggested with my financial contribution that McConnell and Ryan information be first published. If Congress doesn't care about our information, we shouldn't care to safeguard their's!!!!
Protect internet privacy, enough coddling of corporate America. Vote NO.
This is ridiculous! Our privacy should not even be in question.
How is this even up for debate? VOTE NO.
With all of the hacking going on everywhere it's ridiculous to lower our privacy standards. Are we asking for trouble? We demand our privacy be protected! Vote no!
Please do not vote to release the public's information.
Our privacy needs to be protected! Please vote against this legislation. Thank you!
Do not repeal privacy for individuals and the internet. You have no right to invade privacy of any technology without a warrant.