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. David A Kistner

    lets just obtain all the senate’s and house’s member’s information and make it public, we could also just harass them days in and days out until they’re just tired of it pass laws to protect the people they represent instead of selling out to corporate interests. *i suggest we just make their info public and troll the fuck out of that info regardless

    3 years ago
  2. lisa m

    FAKE NEWS! CABLE CHEN- I know Rep Chris Collins was not on this bill! Matter of fact- how many times are you going to write this and change it!?!

    3 years ago
    1. I_BZ

      https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-joint-resolution/86/cosponsors

      That is a link to the cosponsors of the bill. Collins is the 13th name on the list. Stop screaming “fake news” when it isn’t fake news.

      It also seems you would be embarrassed that Collins is on this bill because you don’t agree with selling our privacy (otherwise why throw the tantrum). Now that it has been shown to you that he is on the bill, how does his position and actions in this instance make you feel (I’m asking this honestly and hoping for an honest answer)?

      3 years ago
      1. lisa m

        Under the same site you sent me- did you read it? Here’s the first line of the BILL you sent- ‘H.J.Res.86 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5’
        Here’s the WHOLE THING!
        H.J.Res.86 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”.
        Maybe, you should learn to read before you accuse me of throwing a tantrum. I’ve spoke to Collins about this bill. Obama is the one responsible for foreign and domestic finding out about our “secret business” now as it is when he signed it into one of his final acts of “good will”. I’d say, DISASTER!
        Democrats always seem to deflect it’s the Republican’s who are the spark of these bills. It’s not. It was Obama who started this bill. It’s the far left and the ones who are the neoconservative right who want this done because they think President Trump can’t get the job done. If this crap about Russia keeps going, surely we can see they’ll keep ignoring what Hillary did with the Uranium sold to the Russians and ignore what Obama tried to do with Palestine and send $240+ billion before he left. Come on. I may have been born at night. NOT LAST NIGHT.

        3 years ago
        1. I_BZ

          I’m going to try to stay on point. We’re saying the same thing here. Collins is on the list of reps that are voting to reverse, albeit very recent action, from former POTUS Obama. Collins’ name is not on the original legislation that Obama put out. But his name is on the motion to reverse it (in their words “disapproval”), which is what this article is about. It’s covering the people that want to reverse the existing legislation.

          Arguing the importance and nature of the vote is fine and your right, but I just don’t understand why you were aggressively debating whether his name was not on something when it clearly was, and it’s bothersome when political discussion gets clouded by “FAKE NEWS”, when you could just present your opposing opinion clearly and succinctly instead of going on a tangent (ironic because now I’m on a tangent). Who knows, you may actually develop a useful dialogue.

          3 years ago
  3. Frank

    They better hope they don’t manage to pass this. Imagine. 1. If internet history is available for sale, just buy these jerks’ history, scrutinize and publish. 2. Private internet history would have medical information including who you have coverage from and searches for your medical condition. Selling it would be a hipaa violation. Comcast has 23.3 million internet customers, that many violations, even only assuming one person per household would be one trillion one hundred sixty-five billion dollars. Aka no more Comcast. They might want to check themselves before they wreck themselves. Almost want to see this pass just so they could see financial ruin for being greedy.

    3 years ago
  4. Dan Smith

    Sounds like the RINO’s

    3 years ago
  5. Yambe

    If it pass, it still will need the president signature

    3 years ago