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Republicans Just Betrayed Americans By Selling Their Privacy To Corporations


Republicans Just Betrayed Americans By Selling Their Privacy To Corporations

If you enjoy your privacy we have bad news for you. On Tuesday the House, which is majority Republican, voted in favor of blocking internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year.

The bill passed 215 to 205 and only 15 Republicans voted against it. The bill had already been passed by the Senate as well. Now, it awaits the approval from Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.

If the new bill becomes a law, the FCC rules that would have given consumers greater control over what their internet service provider can do with their data will be thrown to the trash. This means that companies that would have needed to get permission from customers before using their information will no longer need to.

“The FCC didn’t embrace a technology-neutral framework for privacy,” Jon Leibowitz, co-chair of the industry group 21st Century Privacy Coalition, said in a call with reporters Tuesday.

“It instead set out an overbroad definition of sensitive data that doesn’t apply to non-ISP’s collecting as much or more personal data online. And as we all know, privacy shouldn’t be about who collects information, it should be about what information is collected and how it is used.”

But Democrats thought otherwise. They sated that the rules would have actually been a step toward protecting consumer privacy, and that service providers should not have free reign to sell data to advertisers.

“Your broadband provider knows deeply personal information about you and your family – where you are, what you want to know, every site you visit, and more,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement before the vote Tuesday.

“They can even track you when you’re surfing in a private browsing mode. You deserve to be able to insist that those intimate details be kept private and secure.”

The House passing the bill was immediately condemned by activists.

“It is extremely disappointing that Congress is sacrificing the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major internet companies including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans,” ACLU legislative counsel Neema Singh Giuliani said in a statement. “Trump should use his power to protect everyone’s right to privacy.”

But will Trump show that he’s actually interested in the American people, or will he just prove us right and sell out to giant corporations like he has been throughout his presidency.

Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom, showed his huge support for the new bill while countering activist groups.

“Today’s action is another step to remove unnecessary rules and regulations that handicap economic growth and innovation, and moves the country one step closer to ensuring that consumers’ private information is protected uniformly across the entire internet ecosystem,” he stated.

“Consumers can rest easy today knowing their privacy is protected under existing FCC authority, which requires companies to keep consumers’ data safe,” he continued

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