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house Bill H.R. 709

Restricting Monitoring Technology in Home Media Devices

Argument in favor

Consumers should have the choice of whether or not they want their media devices to monitor them, and be able to be aware of when the devices are doing so.

jjackojr's Opinion
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02/20/2017
Normally, I would make the argument that the government should have no say so in restricting features on any electronic device. However, what we inevitably end up with is a decision of ethics being left up to large corporations. Obviously, it is a crowd sourcing initiative to sell more products, at least on the surface. Its intent does not necessarily limit its use. Eventually, we will face several scenarios, listed but not limited to; ethics on when surveillance can happen, weak points for hacking, judicial evidence, and ironically, government monitoring. Do not mistake my opinion for a dislike of new features and functions, technology is ever changing and welcomed in my book. However, this always needs to be an opt-in service that details its use, permissions, and allows full control to the end user.
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JesseD's Opinion
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02/20/2017
I'd like for mobile devices to also have labels indicating when they are listening or watching.
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timander's Opinion
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02/20/2017
"Big Brother is watching you." --George Orwell
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Argument opposed

Consumers can already buy products without monitoring, and the government shouldn't be regulating the features of media devices.

Jennifer's Opinion
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02/20/2017
I guess my question would be what else is buried in this bill. When things seem too good to be true, they usually are. This seems like a no brainer, but what is the end game? It hasn't been my experience that bills are so cut and dry. There is usually an agenda, otherwise they wouldn't waste their time on it. Has anyone read the entire bill?
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Ellen's Opinion
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02/12/2017
This was a mistake. I'm actually in favor of the bill
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Benjamin's Opinion
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02/20/2017
I'm all for it, except for the "we are watching you" part. Wouldn't an LED on the device suffice?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 27th, 2017

Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 27th, 2017
    Normally, I would make the argument that the government should have no say so in restricting features on any electronic device. However, what we inevitably end up with is a decision of ethics being left up to large corporations. Obviously, it is a crowd sourcing initiative to sell more products, at least on the surface. Its intent does not necessarily limit its use. Eventually, we will face several scenarios, listed but not limited to; ethics on when surveillance can happen, weak points for hacking, judicial evidence, and ironically, government monitoring. Do not mistake my opinion for a dislike of new features and functions, technology is ever changing and welcomed in my book. However, this always needs to be an opt-in service that details its use, permissions, and allows full control to the end user.
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    I guess my question would be what else is buried in this bill. When things seem too good to be true, they usually are. This seems like a no brainer, but what is the end game? It hasn't been my experience that bills are so cut and dry. There is usually an agenda, otherwise they wouldn't waste their time on it. Has anyone read the entire bill?
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    I'd like for mobile devices to also have labels indicating when they are listening or watching.
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    "Big Brother is watching you." --George Orwell
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    Really? We need to ask/discuss this???
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    It's unlawful not to notify the public that you are monitoring them.
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    This is scary stuff. In China people wrap their phones in clothes and put them at the bottom of a drawer when they get home. Using a phone to watch you is completely doable with current tech. We need bills like this to become law. 1984 is not far fetched at all these days.
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    I'm rarely a fan of legislating limitations on innovation but our privacy is at stake here. This is an important issue at a critical time. Whether or not this is the right bill, it's an important conversation and one our lawmakers should
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    It's a shame we live in a world where the courtesy of privacy can not be assumed and good behavior from corporations can not be certain without explicitly stated laws that protect the people. I wholeheartedly support the enactment of this bill.
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    It's pretty obvious that no sane human being would want their government having the capability of watching them. Get real, we deserve privacy. If policies and laws go through that impact our privacy, we have a much bigger problem. This shouldn't even be a topic of discussion.
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    This "feature" should not exist on any electronics.
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    This was a mistake. I'm actually in favor of the bill
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    I'm all for it, except for the "we are watching you" part. Wouldn't an LED on the device suffice?
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    SHOW US THE $, TRUMP! Let's see YOUR tax returns! Nothing to hide, right?? Hey, Trump, weren't you gonna lift sanctions on Russia,? Donald, why do you think so many untimely Russian deaths have made the news lately? Got any blood on your hands, Mr. President? SEVEN Russians dead since the publication of the dossier on Trump: Erovinkin, Krivov, Karlov, Melanin, Chandelon, Polshikov, Churkin - all connected to the dossier. It would interesting to learn who, in Congress and in this administration, has received money from Exxon and/or has a financial stake in Exxon, or in Rosneft, the Russian state-run oil company, and for how much. Might these be the same people who DONT WANT TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIA'S HACKING OF OUR ELECTION?!? I wonder... It was reported that in December 2016, Rosneft sold 19.5% of its private shares to an anonymous party. The December sale substantiates allegations in the leaked dossier, dated 19 Jul 2016, compiled by former MI6 Agent (a dossier bought and paid for - by Republicans against Trump). According to the dossier, '"...the Rosneft President was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on (Rosneft), that he offered Trump's associates the brokerage of up to a 19% stake in Rosneft in return.." An associate of Trump's confirmed that, if elected president, sanctions on Russia would be lifted.' According to another article, “Exxon's "deal with the state-run Russian oil company Rosneft was no ordinary one. It represented a massive wager on the next half-century of the oil industry, and Tillerson "bet his career" on it, according to Fadel Gheit, a veteran energy analyst at Oppenheimer. "The Arctic is the new frontier because it's virgin territory. The amount of oil there could be staggering," said Gheit." Tillerson "bet his career", huh? Anybody here think Rex Tillerson makes a bet he can't win? Now, who in the United States who would benefit from the lifting of sanctions against Russia? Why do we suddenly LOVE Putin so much? Why did Rex Tillerson go to his house? Why did Flynn take Russian $ illegally? How many more Russians are going to die? More importantly - when will they find and kill the authors of the dossier? Dont think they will? Would you like to make a bet? Can someone make a map of this administration and its connections to the oil industry? That would be really helpful, just so we can all keep track of who in our government has been bought and paid for. Oh, don't forget to include all the dead Russians. But leave extra space... there will be more. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/mystery-death-ex-kgb-chief-linked-mi6-spys-dossier-donald-trump/ https://www.caymancompass.com/2017/01/31/cayman-company-involved-in-11b-russian-oil-privatization/ https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984/Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.pdf
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    Too much data is being collected about us apparently by "everyone," and the thought of devices that make up the IoT being able to watch or sense things we do or say without our realizing it is beyond creepy! But then, perhaps privacy (like freedom) is more illusion than reality.
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    Using private personal property to monitor citizens is massive government overreach.
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    Protect our privacy please.
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    Commercial devices are getting more and more intrusive, consumers should at least be aware when devices are 'listening'
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    This is a gross invasion of privacy. Many people keep these devices in their bedrooms. Any effort to monitor private citizens through their electronics should be both clear and consensual. And by that I mean, not hidden away in a 200 page terms of use agreement. You shouldn't need and advanced law degree to not be taken advantage of by large corporations. Please support this measure.
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    Monitor me? Expect to hear from my lawyer. But if you ask nicely, check in hand, I may reconsider your offer.
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