While everyone is talking about Paul Ryan’s pathetic attempt to replace the ACA with something even more friendly to insurance companies, a very important story was missed.
Republicans in the Senate think that it’s okay for ISPs to sell your browsing history to the highest bidder:
Despite widespread disapproval from constituents, S.J.Res 34 has passed the United States Senate with a vote of 50-48, with two absent votes. Earlier today, at 12:25 Eastern March 23, 2017, the US Senate voted on S.J.Res 34, and will use the Congressional Review Act to strip away broadband privacy protections that kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecoms from selling your internet history and app data usage to third parties. S.J.Res 34 was first introduced by 23 Republican Senators earlier this month and its blitz approval is a giant blow to privacy rights in the United States.
The resolution, which is now effectively half passed, will hand responsibility of broadband privacy regulation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and disallow the FCC from making any rules protecting Internet privacy ever again.
Call/email/tweet your representative and tell them that you’re against this bill. We’re not giving yet another bit of privacy away.