Last week, on a party-line vote, the Senate voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 broadband privacy rules giving consumers the power to choose how their ISPs use and share their personal data. Today, the House of Representatives will vote, and if the House also votes to repeal the rules, the bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.
The stark consequences of repeal are Orwellian: ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and Charter WILL sell your personal information to the highest bidder. All of your personal search history, the web pages you visit, every video you watch, all of it will be the property of a corporation. You will no longer have no say over your personal data and to whom it is sold. No one, not your Congressmen, not your Senator, not even the president will be able to protect you.
The Federal Trade Commission has no legal authority to oversee ISP practices, and the bill under consideration will permanently cripple the FCC by denying it the future ability to overturn such legislation. So, unless the bill fails, highly unlikely due to politicians being bought off by the ISP's, the nation’s strongest privacy protections will not only be eliminated, but they will be unable to be revived by the FCC.
How to stop the Draconian take over of YOUR Online Data
The life and eath struggle of American's Internet freedom is not yet lost. The House votes today! Stand up! Tell, yell, shout, send smoke signals, faxes, telegrams, emails, phone calls, do ANYTHING to get YOUR Representatives attention. Don’t let the Fascist Corporations rob American's of OUR hard-won protections.
Color of Change, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Free Press have simple ways for YOU to inform your Representative what YOU think of the FCC’s rules and Congress’ efforts to eliminate them.