This is SHAMEFUL!
Curious why anyone would support a controversial new Congressional push to make it even easier for your internet provider sell your data to advertisers without your knowledge? Ask the 22 Republican senators behind it have received more than $1.7 million from the industry since the 2012 U.S. election.
The resolution is remarkable because it’s hard to find any support for it except from the internet and telecom industry that sells such information. “I think generally, if you ask the average person, they more or less think companies should get permission for sharing their information,” said Neema Guliani, legislative counsel at the ACLU, which opposes the resolution.
“They make these arguments as though there’s some balance of arguments on both sides, for and against privacy,” Moy said. “Consumers universally want stronger privacy protections, and it’s just the companies that don’t want to give it.”
That only Republicans signed the letter isn’t an indication they alone receive money from the telecom industry: It also gives heavily to Democrats, though no one from that party has publicly signed on. The House has introduced a companion joint resolution, signed by 17 representatives, all of them Republicans.
A potentially bigger concern is that if the resolution passes both houses and is ultimately signed by President Trump, it would PREVENT the FCC from creating similar privacy rules in the future. Thanks to the Congressional Review Act, if the joint resolution passes, it would also prevent the FCC from making similar rules in the future.
“It’s more than just an indication that Congress disapproves of something or would like minor changes,” Giuliani said. “It has this long term future effect: to undermine the ability of the agency to act in a similar way in the future even in changing circumstances.”
“Technology is evolving. The way companies work is evolving,” she said. “Do you really want to undermine the ability of the FCC to respond to changing technologies and future abuses? Even if you disagree with the rule, is this really the avenue with which you want to demonstrate your disapproval?”