These are the 17 House Representatives that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your personal internet history

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by Caleb Chen
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Most Americans don’t know that telecoms and internet service providers store the internet history of their users; even more don’t know that recently introduced legislation aims to do away with privacy protections on this high value data. For years, the telecom industry has lobbied the government for the ability to sell your internet history to the highest bidder. On 3/7/17, Senator Jeff Flake and 22 other co-sponsors introduced S.J.Res 34, which would use the Congressional Review Act to strip away privacy protections voted in by the FCC last year and allow telecoms to sell the private internet history which they have on each of their Internet subscribers. One day later, on 3/8/17, Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced the House version of the bill (H.J.Res 86).

17 House Representatives that support a bill to let telecoms sell your internet history

Including the bill’s headliner, Representative Blackburn, the 17 House Representatives are:

– Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]

– Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]

– Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]

– Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]

– Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1]

– Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]

– Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]

– Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]

– Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]

– Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7]

– Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5]

– Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45]

– Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]

– Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27]

– Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6]

– Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]

– Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]

Before the (I’m just a) bill is presented to President Trump to sign into law, both S.J.Res 34 and H.J.Res 86 need to make it through their respective chambers of Congress. Letting your House Representative and Senators know to vote against H.J.Res 86 and S.J.Res 34, respectively, might be the only chance to keep your personal internet history private.

Through coordinated action in both houses, the anti-privacy camp has made their move. The only thing that can hold these politicians accountable for their actions against the best interests of their constituents, is the mass action of the people. Join Private Internet Access in supporting the EFF in calling on all Americans to heed the call and make the call: “Don’t let Congress Undermine Our Online Privacy.” When both H.J.Res 86 and S.J.Res 34 come to a vote, make sure to take note of which House Representatives and Senators vote which way. It is important, now more than ever, to hold politicians accountable for their stances and their actions.

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About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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69 Comments

  1. Read

    Southpark / so last season

    3 years ago
  2. Buk Lau

    Can’t wait to find out what type of freaky porn they’re all into in the aftermath. It’ll happen. I guarantee at least four of them are into midgets and spanking.

    3 years ago
    1. Cliff Wright

      you can’t call them midgets anymore..they are munchinamericans !

      3 years ago
  3. Chris

    Or get a VPN……

    3 years ago
    1. exbert

      Soon that will be illegal too. Because only terrorists and criminals would want to hide their internet activity.

      3 years ago
  4. Frank Si

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    3 years ago
    1. Wes

      This is expected.

      3 years ago
      1. Greg

        Or you know, this happens on both sides of the aisles…

        3 years ago
        1. concreteblue

          Except if legislation benefits corporations and harms consumers, the R’s are unanimous.

          3 years ago
          1. Joe Reiter

            even though it is proven democrats are more likely to take gifts from lobbyist, its okay to be ignorant concrete, it means you can learn how the real world works now http://dailycaller.com/2017

            3 years ago
          2. concreteblue

            You are going to have to support that contention. Hint: Links to Breitbart, Fox “news”, Flush Rimjob, The Savage Wiener, et al do not constitute “proof”.

            3 years ago
          3. fuckface

            PERFECT example of “only my news sites are legit” of course my sites aren’t completely biased towards my beliefs and are completely even on both sides of an issue

            3 years ago
          4. concreteblue

            All the sources I cited print easily debunked bovine excrement all day, every day. I get my information from a wide spectrum of news sources, and I follow the linked source information as well. That is how I know the above listed sources are crap.

            3 years ago
          5. n3n5n1

            SOPA/PIPA supporters:
            R — 26 (12 withdrew)
            D — 37 (3 withdrew)

            SOPA/PIPA opposition:
            R — 16
            D — 5

            But yeah, continue believing the bullshit you see in media. Both parties are very eager to slide their dicks in people. It’s easier to do it if people are busy screaming at each other trying to prove their side is “better”, while in reality they’re on one side and should be working together.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_US_Congresspersons_who_support_or_oppose_SOPA/PIPA

            3 years ago
          6. Greg

            That is an idiotic statement at best. One word.. Solyndra…

            3 years ago
          7. MaryKBachman

            Not always true. Not here in California.

            3 years ago
        2. ScifiluvR

          not in this case

          3 years ago
      2. MaryKBachman

        Why is it expected? I’m confused why these representatives, most of whom I thougth I trusted, are pushing for this. What benefit does it give? Ughhhhh…….

        3 years ago
    2. ScifiluvR

      yep

      3 years ago
    3. n3n5n1

      If you think Democrats don’t want to spy on you, you’re in hardcore denial. Hint: PRISM was which administration? Hint: what was Obama’s stance on encryption?

      You’re thinking “us vs them” in terms of “red vs blue”. Think “us vs them” in terms of “people vs government”. While you waste your time fighting your fellow man, those upstairs watch and laugh.

      3 years ago
      1. John H

        PRISM was a Bush administration program started under the (supposed) authority granted by the USA PATRIOT Act (which was supported by most Democrats and nearly all Republicans in the House, and supported by all but one Senator, Democrat Russ Feingold – Democrats provided most of the opposition, but a strong majority of them did support it), and continued by Obama. Democrats are bad on this issue, but Republicans are categorically worse; “both sides” fails to capture the fact that there are degrees of bad, with the Republicans almost always worse.

        3 years ago
      2. Frank Si

        You’re trying to convince the wrong person. Republicans thrive on us vs them. This is a sports game to them. Instead of trying to convince me that both parties are so horrible, try convincing republicans to vote in their own interests, which would be the same ones you and I have.

        3 years ago
        1. n3n5n1

          Dude, I’m not American, I come from a significantly different part of the world. It’s pretty obvious from here how corrupt and inhuman your both parties are (although I still regard your political system as one of the best we have, but most of the other countries are even in deeper shit). You guys have to face a fake choice. If you decide to stand behind any of the parties you’ve already lost. That’s by design.

          3 years ago
    4. DFW

      Welcome to Republicanistan.

      3 years ago