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Congress Just Voted to Remove Your Internet Privacy Rights to Increase Corporate Profits

Thursday, March 30, 2017 13:24
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March 30th, 2017

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Despite massive public outcry, Americans have been betrayed once again in favor of corporate profit — this time concerning Internet privacy rights. Powerful lobbying by the telecom industry prevailed in both the Senate and House, with 215 House members voting for and 205 voting against S.J. Res. 34, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy provision. The House vote occurred only a few days after the GOP-majority Senate passed the proposal by a 50-48 vote the previous Thursday.

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Dismantling years of safeguards, Internet Service Providers (ISP) will now be able to sell sensitive consumer data to the highest bidder — including personal information about your location, health, finances, family and even your sexual orientation. The bill repeals Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules that require Internet Service Providers to obtain customers’ permission, before using collected data from browsing history to create targeted advertising. What’s more, the regulation rollback will also allow your ISP to deploy undetectable tools that track your browsing history.

“Congress today voted to sell off your privacy and your security online. Your internet service provider can see almost everything you do online — from many of the websites you visit, to apps you use, and even some of your private communications,” said Nathan White, senior legislative manager at Access Now. “[Internet Service Providers]… want to sell off that treasure trove to increase corporate profits, and apparently Congress is fine with that.”


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