March 29, 2017

The House Just Voted to Wipe Away the FCC’s Landmark Internet Privacy Protections

Brian Fund - The Washington Post:

Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access in an era of Republican dominance.

In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast of protections approved just last year that had sought to limit what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules also had required providers to strengthen safeguards for customer data against hackers and thieves.

If you voted fro Mr. Trump, you asked for this. The other 80% of America did not. By the law of averages you will get what you deserve. The shame of it is, so will the rest of us.

There-in lies a rich subject for contemplation: how much thought did Trump voters give to whom they were voting? Was it more a knee-jerk response to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy? Or was it a simple party line vote? I imagine those two reasons make up a significant chunk of the votes cast for Trump.

What about the unthinking masses, though? Those voters who still claim “he’s a good businessman, he'll make a good president,” and “he gets things done” have got to be slowly waking to the reality of what they’ve done.

#Trump #GOP #fraud #consumer #protection #privacy #FCC

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