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

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by Caleb Chen
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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) and telecoms from selling your internet history and app data usage to third parties. S.J.Res 34 was first introduced by 23 Republican Senators earlier this month and its blitz approval is a giant blow to privacy rights in the United States.

The resolution, which is now effectively half passed, will hand responsibility of broadband privacy regulation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and disallow the FCC from making any rules protecting Internet privacy ever again.

The 50 Senators that voted for S.J.Res 34 are (thanks to happyxpenguin):
Senator Roberts (R-KS)
Senator Lee (R-UT)
Senator Boozman (R-AR)
Senator Blunt (R-MO)
Senator Crapo (R-ID)
Senator Scott (R-SC)
Senator Cotton (R-AR)
Senator Hatch (R-UT)
Senator Capito (R-WV)
Senator Alexander (R-TN)
Senator Toomey (R-PA)
Senator Perdue (R-GA)
Senator Cochran (R-MS)
Senator Inhofe (R-OK)
Senator Ernst (R-IA)
Senator Lankford (R-OK)
Senator Collins (R-ME)
Senator Sullivan (R-AK)
Senator Thune (R-SD)
Senator McCain (R-AZ)
Senator Graham (R-SC)
Senator Wicker (R-MS)
Senator Grassley (R-IA)
Senator Burr (R-NC)
Senator Hoeven (R-ND)
Senator Tillis (R-NC)
Senator McConnell (R-KY)
Senator Heller (R-NV)
Senator Cruz (R-TX)
Senator Daines (R-MT)
Senator Portman (R-OH)
Senator Murkowsky (R-AK)
Senator Cassidy (R-LA)
Senator Flake (R-AZ)
Senator Johnson (R-WI)
Senator Rubio (R-FL)
Senator Corker (R-TN)
Senator Risch (R-ID)
Senator Gardner (R-CO)
Senator Young (R-IN)
Senator Barasso (R-WY)
Senator Moran (R-KS)
Senator Cornyn (R-TX)
Senator Enzi (R-WY)
Senator Kennedy (R-LA)
Senator Shelby (R-AL)
Senator Rounds (R-SD)

Absent:
Senator Paul (R-KY)
Senator Isakson (R-GA)

The FCC broadband privacy rules are closer to ending – allowing your private internet history to be sold

The Senators that voted for this have been lobbied by the telecoms and ISPs. Those in support of this stripping of privacy rights have even filed with the FCC attempting to claim that web history and app data usage information is not sensitive information. The EFF put it concisely: Senate Puts ISP Profits Over Your Privacy. Now, the only chance to maintain the hard earned FCC broadband privacy rules lies in defeating H.J.Res 86, the House version of this resolution, which will likely be voted on in the House of Representatives within the next month. It’s up to us to Save Broadband Privacy and make sure that we Don’t Let Congress Undermine Our Privacy.

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89 Comments

  1. suezz

    so glad our representative are really concerned and actually representing the people they work for. (sarcasm)

    5 years ago
  2. Wile E Genius

    The Unfortunate thing is that people actually believe they can make the country great again. No one has a clue as to what made it great, for a blip in time, & what it will require to do it again, & sustain it indefinitely.

    5 years ago
  3. swansong

    How come nobody wants to comment that it’s the REPUBLICANS that DON’T CARE ABOUT anyones PRIVACY? WAKE UP.Please,before it’s too late.PLease,Pretty Please,with sugar on top.Stop the hatred and WAKE UP.

    5 years ago
    1. Dac

      So, you say stop the hatred… then reply with hatred. I don’t get it. What you mean is bash/hate the republicans. I’m not saying they were wrong,
      Or right for that matter, I have to read more but I don’t get folks that say quit hating with a hating comment in their thread.

      5 years ago
    2. 12centuries

      Well first of all, it’s not hatred. But you’re absolutely right, as a conservative, I am deeply ashamed with every traitorous republican politician that voted for this. I would have expected this kind of behavior from leftists, but not from conservatives. They are all traitors to the people of the U.S.

      I guess we don’t have any conservatives left in congress.

      5 years ago
  4. Jan Armacost

    You know there is something wrong with a bill when only one party votes in favor of it.

    5 years ago
    1. 12centuries

      True of Obamacare, and definitely true of this traitorous act.

      5 years ago
  5. DB

    I wonder what benefit would Republicans get from this?

    5 years ago
    1. 12centuries

      Bribes donations from the communications lobby.

      5 years ago