Internet browsing may no longer be a private matter soon. The U.S. Senate has just voted 50-48 with regard to letting telecoms and ISP companies sell your internet history.
S.J.Res 34 has managed to pass the United States Senate. The joint resolution disapproves the rule set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”
Under FCC’s law, the consumers receive privacy rights to protect them from identity theft, financial loss and more. At the same time, these laws help customers avoid any public harassment or embarrassment concerning any personal or any intimate details they may have online. This means that the FCC require internet providers to advise customers which of their data gets sold for marketing purposes. As a result, customers may opt in or opt out the sharing of sensitive information.
Moreover, FCC’s privacy protection also requires telecommunications companies to “protect the confidentiality of customer proprietary information.” However, the new resolution now seeks to reverse these rules.
New resolution looks to abolish privacy rights.
According to a report from Private Internet Access, S.J.Res 34 looks to sell customer’s internet history to third parties. On the other hand, the sale of app data usage would also be allowed. This is said to be an unsurprising move considering that senators do receive money from internet providers.
Senators are receiving a donation from telecom and internet service providers.
These include Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and others. In fact, a report from Vocativ shows that senators received over $1.7 million from these companies since the 2012 election. That amounted to an average of half a million dollars with each election cycle. In 2012, Senator John Cornyn received the most donations from the industry.
New ad lists senators voting for anti-privacy resolution.
Private Internet Access recently took out an ad in The New York Times regarding S.J. Res 34. It listed all of the 50 senators who voted in favor of the resolution. Based on the list, the one thing they have common is that they are all Republicans. These include Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio among others.