Violation of privacy? Maybe, but think how impossible it’ll become to be embarrassed if we all know each other’s dirty secrets!
On Tuesday, after passing the Senate a while before, the House of Representatives voted on a bill that would stop the FCC from enforcing its internet privacy rules. At the time of writing this bill hasn’t been signed by the president, but it’s on its way. This bill would, basically, allow internet service providers to sell customers’ internet history to the highest bidder.
Yahoo News reports: The text of S.J. 34, a resolution that passed the Senate by a 50-48 vote last week, is stunningly concise by legislative standards: “Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to ‘Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services’ (81 Fed. Reg. 87274 (December 2, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.”
The Republicans backing this measure would like you to think that it’s a pro-competition move that will only improve your internet experience.
Yes, I feel a lot better on the internet knowing my every move is being watched and sold.
Then again, the Republicans may be right. I’m sure that businesses selling VPNs and other web-masking tools are about to see a huge jump in profits!
Oh, and for those of you who may be curious: My representative, Louie Gohmert, voted in favor of this bill. I, for one, would be very interested in seeing how expensive his search history is going to be. Good job working in the people’s best interests!