Posted on Apr 5, 2017 by Caleb Chen

Congresswoman Rosen introduces Restoring American Privacy Act of 2017 to reverse S.J. Res. 34


protecting american privacy act of 2017

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) has introduced H.R. 1868, the Restoring American Privacy Act of 2017, which would reverse the recently signed S.J. Res. 34. America is still reeling from that repeal of FCC internet privacy protections that was rushed through both Houses late last month. Last Monday night, President Trump signed the internet privacy repeal into law in spite of calls for him to veto the controversial resolution. Despite the current lack of online privacy protections at a nationwide level, Congresswoman Rosen explained why she introduced H.R. 1868:

“As someone who has first-hand experience as a computer programmer, I know that keeping privacy protections in place is essential for safeguarding vulnerable and sensitive data from hackers.”

Some in Congress still believe in American privacy rights

On the Senate side, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey has promised to introduce a bill that would restore internet privacy protections under the FCC. Senator Markey told CNET that he plans to “introduce legislation that directs the FCC to reinstate strong broadband privacy rules.”However, it hasn’t yet been introduced to the Senate.

Congresswoman Rosen’s bill in the House, similarly, reintroduces the internet privacy regulations by negating and reversing S.J. Res. 34. Congresswoman Rosen concluded:

“I will not stand by and let corporations get access to the most intimate parts of people’s lives without them knowing and without consent. It is appalling that Republicans and President Trump would be in favor of taking American’s most personal information to sell it to the highest bidder. I am proud to stand up for the American people by introducing legislation to reverse this misguided resolution.”

Individual states are also fighting to restore American privacy

Americans really care about internet privacy, as evidenced by immediate state level action to maintain internet privacy protections, at least within the state. After the federal vote, Minnesota was the first state to pass explicit rules forbidding internet service providers to sell user information without explicit consent. The Minnesota Senate recently voted 58-9 to pass the internet privacy rules for their state.

We need these protections back for all of America. Call your House Representatives and tell them to support H.R. 1868, the Restoring American Privacy Act of 2017.

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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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  • OldDragon

    Trump’s parents should have aborted him.

    • cubhusker23

      I think you meant they should have
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    • Hudis Qus

      I heard his dad took him to church to kill him in the altar with the Daggers of Megiddo but then the police caught him on time

    • Skylar Thomas

      lol

    • deanmike

      The best part of Old Dragon ran down his mama’s leg

  • Hudis Qus

    Anyone who doesn’t care about their privacy feel free to post here your browser history

    • Nick

      You never had privacy in the first place. Using the internet is like running down the sidewalk screaming about the end of the world, but no one cares, much like all the porn in your browsing history. No one cares except the fleshlight marketing director; who is now going to target you with ads.

      Even with a VPN you can’t guarantee the operators are not colluding bad actors unless you run it yourself, and then at that point its way too much overhead. Your credit history is up for sale so why not your browsing history. Its just as meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

  • RobinHoodofNetNeutrality

    Excellent article AIP

  • deanmike

    Sorry congresswoman, if you don’t include Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Twitter, Microsoft and others then you are doing absolutely nothing.

    Oh, by the way, we would be happier if you also added in the NSA/CIA/FBI spying on us, even though they allegedly do it “for our safety”. I might support you then.

    If any of you yutz’s think the US Government spying on us makes us safer and you think it is a good idea, go ahead and move to Cuba, China, or Russia

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
    -Ben Franklin

    • Zoddy Dozz

      So, it’s your proposal that instead of reversing the offending rule and then pushing for further legislation is somehow easier to introduce?

      What you’re suggesting isn’t realistic now, and your all-or-nothing approach doesn’t work in the real world.

    • Dysnomia Eris

      Does that mean that now my ISP is free?

  • Jerry

    Our privacy and safety was forgotten when obummer and his disciples started shipping in isis followers by the thousands and placing them throughout our country. Now we have many red cell areas here…michigan has towns ran by muslims…millions of illegals sucking us dry…and now their worried about privacy? Smh.