• Mar 29, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Minnesota Senate votes 58-9 to pass Internet privacy protections in response to repeal of FCC privacy rules




In stark contrast to Congress’s recent vote against the Internet privacy rights of American constituents, Minnesota’s state Senators have voted to add broadband privacy protections at the state level. The protections were added in an amendment to S.F. No. 1937, the Minnesota economic development budget bill, by Minnesota State Sen. Latz. This Internet privacy amendment was introduced as … Continue reading “Minnesota Senate votes 58-9 to pass Internet privacy protections in response to repeal of FCC privacy rules”

0

  • Mar 29, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Dear Mr. President, you must veto S.J.Res.34, protect #BroadbandPrivacy, and #KeepOurNetFree




President Donald Trump could and should veto a newly passed resolution which strips away Americans’ broadband privacy protections. In response to the 215-205 vote by the House of Representatives to pass S.J.Res.34 yesterday afternoon, Private Internet Access took out full page ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post to deliver a simple message … Continue reading “Dear Mr. President, you must veto S.J.Res.34, protect #BroadbandPrivacy, and #KeepOurNetFree”

0

  • Mar 28, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

House of Representatives votes 215-205 to do away with Broadband Privacy, allow ISPs to sell your private internet history




“The ayes have it.” Broadband Privacy has been dealt a blow in Congress with the recent repeal of online privacy protections by the FCC with a 215-205 vote. Since the online privacy protections were voted in by the FCC in 2016, ISPs and their lobbying organizations have been donating and posturing hard to dismantle Internet privacy and … Continue reading “House of Representatives votes 215-205 to do away with Broadband Privacy, allow ISPs to sell your private internet history”

11

  • Mar 27, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Today is Congress’s final vote to get rid of Internet privacy protections on your web browsing history




Internet privacy in America faces a crossroads today on Capitol Hill. S.J. Res 34, the Senate joint resolution to do away with FCC #BroadbandPrivacy rules, passed with a 50-48 vote late last week. Now, all that stands between it and the President’s pen is a vote in the House of Representatives, where it was be speedily pushed through … Continue reading “Today is Congress’s final vote to get rid of Internet privacy protections on your web browsing history”

4

  • Mar 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack




The United Kingdom may soon introduce legislation that will ban encrypted messaging apps, according to statements made by British Interior Minister Amber Rudd. In the aftermath of the attack in Westminster, Minister Rudd claimed that encrypted messaging apps are a “secret place for terrorists to communicate” after it was revealed that the attacker had used WhatsApp prior … Continue reading “United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack”

0

When good loses to lawful: this thing about proper legal processes with indefensible outcomes




It’s interesting to watch people rushing to defend the legal processes in this week’s story about a man jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt, and who are asserting that everything is in order. In doing so, they point at individual details of the legal process and say there’s nothing odd about the details, and disregard … Continue reading “When good loses to lawful: this thing about proper legal processes with indefensible outcomes”

0

  • Mar 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

US Senate votes 50-48 to do away with broadband privacy rules; let ISPs and telecoms to sell your internet history




Despite widespread disapproval from constituents, S.J.Res 34 has passed the United States Senate with a vote of 50-48, with two absent votes. Earlier today, at 12:25 Eastern March 23, 2017, the US Senate voted on S.J.Res 34, and will use the Congressional Review Act to strip away broadband privacy protections that kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continue reading “US Senate votes 50-48 to do away with broadband privacy rules; let ISPs and telecoms to sell your internet history”

85

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.”




On March 16th, 2017, the CTIA filed a reply with the FCC claiming attempting to plead the case that “web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.” The former Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, now just the CTIA, represents telecoms such as AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. As the main 501(c)6 lobbyist … Continue reading “Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.””

1

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




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 … Continue reading “These are the 17 House Representatives that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your personal internet history”

66

  • Mar 9, 2017
  • Sam Hoger
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

If the government won’t protect your online privacy, you’ll have to do so yourself




With the Trump Administration settling into office, we are seeing more legislation passed and even agency action all with the end goal of doing away with the protection of individual online privacy. The laws that were placed to give us more consumer protection during previous administrations, such as the FCC Act “Protecting the Privacy of … Continue reading “If the government won’t protect your online privacy, you’ll have to do so yourself”

1