265 (Republican) members of Congress voted this week to sell our privacy to the highest bidder. Naturally, New Mexico’s Steve Pearce helped.
The Resolution reverses an Obama-era rule preventing your cable or broadband provider from capturing or selling your browsing history to private companies. Imagine if your cable company could see your Social Security Number used to access online banking or Google searches for treatments for a private medical condition. Browsers such as Safari or Chrome – even apps like Facebook – allow you to modify your privacy settings to chose what you share with their apps. And consumer have choices of browsers and apps if one doesn’t give them the choices they want.
But consumers don’t have that choice when it comes to internet service. Most households only have one option for broadband service. Some have two (if they are lucky). And so long as their options chose to capture and sell their data, there is little a customer can do.
But data you tell Facebook not to keep still travels across your broadband connection and the Obama rule prevented them from saving or selling it. That’s not the law anymore.
In an Article Released by The Verge, California State Representative, Anna Eshoo was quoted as saying: “The consequences of passing this resolution are clear: broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and others will be able to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission,” said Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) on the House floor this afternoon. “And no one will be able to protect you, not even the Federal Trade Commission that our friends on the other side of the aisle keep talking about.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
The resolution passed the Senate earlier this month on a partisan vote. Now given the nod by the House is expected to see President Trump’s signature soon.
Congressman Steve Pearce joined that group of 265 with his vote of “yes” to pass the aforementioned resolution:
Not surprisingly, Pearce received more than $20,000 in campaign donations from telecom companies who will benefit from the legislation.
Donations by large telecommunications companies, as one of the largest lobbying groups in the United States, is a situation directly linked to Thursday’s decision; and, Representative Pearce has seen his fair share of said donations. What now?
Now, we wait, for an expected signature at the hands of President Trump. Get ready by Googling (before they are watching) “VPN”. You might just need one.