House Republicans just shocked the hell out of me by voting to allow internet service providers the ability to sell your internet history without notifying you.
What do they get out of this? Who just got paid?
This bastard legislation passed by 232 votes to 184 along party lines, with one Democrat voting in favor and 14 not voting. Conservatives should be furious and anyone who wants to stand with us. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Your internet history is not yours anymore, it’s available to the highest bidder.[/inlinetweet]
You’ve heard me say time and time again, I used to think both parties were different but they aren’t. We have some that fight for our rights but we also have traitors who just don’t give a damn.
Source: The Register
This approval means that whoever you pay to provide you with internet access – Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, etc – will be able to sell everything they know about your use of the internet to third parties without requiring your approval and without even informing you.
Your ISP already knows quite a lot about you: your name and address, quite possibly your age, and a host of other personally identifiable information such as your social security number. That’s on the customer information side. On the service side, they know which websites you visit, when, and how often.
That information can be used to build a very detailed picture of who you are: what your political and sexual leanings are; whether you have kids; when you are at home; whether you have any medical conditions; and so on – a thousand different data points that, if they have sufficient value to companies willing to pay for them, will soon be traded without your knowledge.
As one high-profile venture capitalist recently discovered, your previous search history can also impact what result you see in future. Although in his case, he probably wishes he hadn’t publicly criticized Apple on Twitter for giving him the details of a porn actress at the top of his search results.
Here is who voted against the measure:
These are the 15 Republicans who voted *against* allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history. The bill passed anyway with a vote of 215-205 pic.twitter.com/k0jEELjV3s
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) March 28, 2017
Now, both the Senate and House have voted to remove privacy protections. ISPs can now access info without consent. https://t.co/qL0MMJc1iJ
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 28, 2017
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