March 26, 2017 Update
Here’s an interesting update to the stories linked to below. It suggests that “some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights.”
Something is better than nothing, of course, so let’s hope that’s right. But we would be a lot better off if the people we elected to represent us, especially Republicans, actually were interested in protecting their fellow cirizens, not the corporate fatcats who contribute to their reelection campaigns.
But that’s probably asking too much. Most of these people who run for office are hopeless.
Originally Posted on March 24, 2017
“Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers’ online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers’ usage information for advertising purposes.“
“The rules, which prohibit providers from abusing the data they gather on their customers as they browse the Web on cellphones and computers, were approved last year over objections from Republicans who argued the regulations went too far.”
If the resolution passes the House and is signed by Trump, internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T would be able to sell customer user data to third parties or use the information to sell advertising without seeking express permission from their customers.
And here you were foolish enough to believe your Senators were actually working for you.