Congress Poised To Obliterate Broadband Privacy Rules

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Authored by Lauren McCauley via TheAntiMedia.org,

 Privacy advocates on Monday are urging Americans to call their elected officials, warning that there are only 24 hours left to “save online privacy rules” before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on a measure that would allow major telecom companies to collect user data and auction it off to the “highest bidder.”

Wasting no time, the House is expected to begin debate late Monday on S.J. Res. 34, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy provision, implemented under former President Barack Obama, which requires that providers such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon get a user’s permission before collecting or selling sensitive data.

As Common Dreams reported, 50 Republican senators voted to advance the resolution last week.

“We are one vote away from a world where your [Internet Service Providers or ISP] can track your every move online and sell that information to the highest bidder,” Kate Tummarello, policy analyst for the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), said Monday.

Explaining how the FCC’s “commonsense” rules would have prevented ISPs from doing a “host of creepy things,” Tummarello wrote: “Those rules were a huge victory for consumers. Of course, the ISPs that stand to make money off of violating your privacy have been lobbying Congress to repeal those rules. Unfortunately, their anti-consumer push has been working.”

Meanwhile, the opposition is responding with a campaign of its own to pressure lawmakers—said to be in the pocket of the telecom industry—to protect #broadbandprivacy.

On Monday, the grassroots advocacy Fight for the Future announced that it will unleash billboards in Washington, D.C. and other select districts exposing any Congress member who votes to gut internet privacy rules.

“Congress should know by now that when you come for the internet, the internet comes for you,” said Evan Greer, the organization’s campaign director, who added that “these billboards are just the beginning. People from across the political spectrum are outraged, and every lawmaker who votes to take away our privacy will regret it come Election Day.”

Similarly, encrypted communications provider Private Internet Access has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times naming the senators who “voted to monitor your internet activity for financial gain.”

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) enumerated on the implications of the resolution, concluding that House lawmakers should “stand up against industry pressure to put profits over privacy & reject the resolution to overturn the FCC’s privacy rule.”

Further, Muhammad Saad Khan at The Next Web explained how a rollback of privacy rules could usher in a new wave of cyber attacks.

“Considering what is at stake here, and how much data ISPs already have on us, it will not come as a surprise if in the long run, the number of cyberattacks increase by leaps and bounds,” Khan wrote. “Monitoring activities and data theft will rise significantly, as if they were already not a menace. With gadgets, households and even cars being connected to the internet as part of the IoT (the Internet of Things), it is not that hard to imagine how deadly a cyberattack could possibly be if things turn for the worst; which they will, as history suggests.”

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Dilluminati's picture

On Monday, the grassroots advocacy Fight for the Future announced that it will unleash billboards in Washington, D.C. and other select districts exposing any Congress member who votes to gut internet privacy rules.

I'll be sure to point out the hypocrisy of the representatives who vote for this.

https://zenmate.com/

I'll go with a better alternative if it passes


bamawatson's picture

barn door has already been left open far too long

blue fin's picture
blue fin (not verified) bamawatson Mar 28, 2017 8:34 PM

All your broadband is safe with US(of A)

But rejoyce peasants... there's no more War on Coal:

Listen to your BOSS

VIDEO: President Trump Revokes Obama Climate Change Rules, Declares End to “War on Coal”

erkme73's picture

Wait.  This article says in 24 hours, as of yesterday.  I think this story is yesterday's news.  Good to know, but...

blue fin's picture
blue fin (not verified) erkme73 Mar 28, 2017 8:37 PM

Haven't you noticed that ZH is kinda slow on "importing" news.. like those from economic collapse?

Always one/two days after we distribute them.

Check the timestamps.

erkme73's picture

What I've really noticed is a proliferation of spam.   Ever get that feeling  you're not welcome here dude?  

greenskeeper carl's picture

Highest bidder, huh? You mean the 'bidder' that gives you the ability to operate and can also tax/conjure money of of thin air? I wonder who the highest bidder will be?

El Vaquero's picture

When this goes into effect, it is time for everybody to look up the worst porn imaginable.  

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) stizazz Mar 28, 2017 8:57 PM

In Europe they get people arrested for denying the HoloHoax. Next stop, America.

That law will be the first step to achieve that.

Let's see if Trump vetoes it.

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) kavlar Mar 28, 2017 9:49 PM

RE:  Spammer Mano-a-Mano, Kavlar (the same person):

You have NO IDEA how troubled this individual, the Spammer With One Hundred Log-ons, really is.  He has trolled and spammed his website crap on here forever, always with the same macabre conversations with a long series of "imaginary playmates." It really is quite perverse and whoever "he" is, he seems to really get his rocks off voting himself up arrows and replying to his own comments, and also appears to have no life beyond making off-topic comments with his link to the SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED  "biblicisminstitute,wordpress,com"

He shares this pathology with TrollAndDump (formerly known as XYTHRAS - since banned) whose "dailywesterner,com" is, if anything WORSE than the biblicism fetishist, also SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED.

Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to abuse@zerohedge.com requesting that all of the "imaginary friends" (in the list below; copy and paste)   be permanently banned for spamming.

As you do that, use your imagination to try to conceive of what type of whackadoo would spend their life in pajamas, eating stale chips and drinking cheap soda from the dollar store, popping zits, and spamming zerohedge. 

Many of the following have been banned but, like crabs and cockroaches, they just seem to come back.  The "short list of imaginary playmates" includes:

kavlar
mano-a-mano

letsit
tazs

techies-r-us

stizazz

lock-stock

beauticelli  
mofio

santafe
Aristotle of Greece

Gargoyle

bleu

oops

lance-a-lot
Loftie

toro
Yippee Kiyay

lonnng
Nekoti

SumTing Wong

King Tut
Adullam

espirit

rp2016

Holy hand grenade of Antioch,

etc. etc. etc.

Art Van Delay's picture

Someone lost the pill bottle.

etc, etc, etc

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) stizazz Mar 28, 2017 9:56 PM

RE:  Spammer Mano-a-Mano, Kavlar, stizazz  (the same person):

You have NO IDEA how troubled this individual, the Spammer With One Hundred Log-ons, really is.  He has trolled and spammed his website crap on here forever, always with the same macabre conversations with a long series of "imaginary playmates." It really is quite perverse and whoever "he" is, he seems to really get his rocks off voting himself up arrows and replying to his own comments, and also appears to have no life beyond making off-topic comments with his link to the SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED  "biblicisminstitute,wordpress,com"

He shares this pathology with "blue fin" (AKA TrollAndDump) (formerly known as XYTHRAS - since banned) whose "dailywesterner,com" is, if anything WORSE than the biblicism fetishist, also SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED.

Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to abuse@zerohedge.com requesting that all of the "imaginary friends" (in the list below; copy and paste)   be permanently banned for spamming.

As you do that, use your imagination to try to conceive of what type of whackadoo would spend their life in pajamas, eating stale chips and drinking cheap soda from the dollar store, popping zits, and spamming zerohedge. 

Many of the following have been banned but, like crabs and cockroaches, they just seem to come back.  The "short list of imaginary playmates" includes:

kavlar
mano-a-mano

letsit
tazs

techies-r-us

stizazz

lock-stock

beauticelli  
mofio

santafe
Aristotle of Greece

Gargoyle

bleu

oops

lance-a-lot
Loftie

toro
Yippee Kiyay

lonnng
Nekoti

SumTing Wong

King Tut
Adullam

espirit

rp2016

Holy hand grenade of Antioch,

etc. etc. etc.

ebworthen's picture

What?  Google, Facebook, Amazon, the NSA, and everyone else isn't already doing this?

NOTHING on the Internet is secure or private; we shouldn't kid ourselves that a "law" would change that.

Oldwood's picture

How were we confused about the notion of dependency on THEIR network?

Everyday we become more and more dependent upon "systems" of which WE do not own nor control. We can set about bitching about our loss of privacy and liberties...like somehow we were robbed in the night, when we have been actively suckling at this infinite tit for many decades. Do we really think we can utilize technologies we don't even barely understand, levering them in multiples every year that goes by, and somehow we will preserve our liberties? We are such silly rabbits.

BobEore's picture

So, a creeping wave of instrusion by the TERROR STATE, which got at least the veneer of a rollabck under the Kenyan's regimes...

get's expedited and signed off on by a team with whom the new POTUS is going to 'drain the swamp'...

in addition to many other fine and noble initiatives designed to MAGA.

Winning?

GreatUncle's picture

Read this in the article ... should be made to stand trial for the words spoken.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the Republican-led effort was about putting profits over the privacy concerns of Americans.

"Overwhelmingly, the American people do not agree with Republicans that this information should be sold, and it certainly should not be sold without your permission," Pelosi said. "Our broadband providers know deeply personal information about us and our families."

How Pelosi likes to twist Obama legislation into republican... bit like you can know what's in Obamacare after you sign up to it. Go ask any good contract lawyer what they think to that kind of concept.

The same Pelosi that, "tell them your a muslim" to gather undeserving support even though it would be an outright lie.

Ever get the feeling some politicians for the outright corruption and lieing should resign from public office before the list of deceit gets to long? Yupper!

 

 

red1chief's picture

What does blue fin mean anyway? I always wonder if there's some sort of SPAM boss who sits around dreaming up names.

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bob_bichen (not verified) blue fin Mar 28, 2017 8:38 PM

dailywesterner,com  = SPAM - VIRUS - TROJANS !!   (Video link will take you to this DANGEROUS website - spammer is now trying to "hide" his "dailywesterner" identity). 

danger!!!   DO NOT VISIT THIS WEBSITE!  

As of 3/27/2017, XYTHRAS has been banned.  Chronic spammer XYTHRAS has "reincarnated" in a Truth-in-Advertising new handle as "TrollAndDump."

3/28:  "TrollAndDump"  is now "blue fin"

 

Take a minute and write to abuse@zerohedge.com and ask that this SICK, SPAMMING FREAK SHOW of a TOXIC DUMPSTER FIRE who suffers from a serious case of SPAMMING COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR and request that  "blue fin"  "TrollAndDump" and "XYTHRAS" be permanently banned for chronic spamming

blue fin's picture
blue fin (not verified) bob_bichen Mar 28, 2017 8:43 PM

You're spamming more than we do, with all your bitching.

Does your wife knows?

She should slap you around and try to bring out the man from beneath this little girl.

Go play with your dolls, leave the Fight Club for the ones who have balls not man boobs.

red1chief's picture

We need more Bobs, you are the worst. You can talk crap all you want, but you'll only make pennies on your dumb site as long as someone keeps replying and outs you.

bamawatson's picture

bravo bob
doing god's work

blue fin's picture
blue fin (not verified) SamEyeAm Mar 28, 2017 8:40 PM

VPN are sweet.

;)

GreatUncle's picture

Play the game ... give them shit data do this.

Write a BOT that trolls links in websites and never ends just visting websites from link, seed it with a search on google and off you go. Terabytes of nonsensical bollocks ... fill those servers up baby.

You can also bother to encrypt communications yourself but to do that you have to drop Microsoft and Apple period because they hack before encryption.

The war is only just beginning ... but reckon they lose in the end even if they use quantum computing because the solutions are infinite whereas their recording is a finite concept.

fattail's picture

I was wondering how far I would have to scroll down to see this idea.  I wonder how good those ad revenues will be if all they have to sell is shit data.  Who would pay google or FB for advertising when they know its all nonsense.  This law may have the unintended consequence of giving us more privacy, just cloaked in a worthless search history that no one wants to buy.

FANG may not be the investment to be in as their value lies in their inside knowledge of their users, but if that knowledge is nonsense I don't see the value.

indio007's picture

Free market will fix this.

 

espirit's picture

Looks like the Dumb Nuts Club.

Koba the Dread's picture

Free market? How does that work? You're free to go to any internet sitel It is free to gather data about you. It is then free to sell what it has learned about you. That's a free market. How does your call for a free market to solve this free market interaction work exactly? Or were you just blowing words out your ass, words you'd learned from a web site that offered "1,000 cool words to use to show how very cool you are."

cougar_w's picture

"we are one vote away"

Dude everyone sells your "privacy" all the time, has nothing to do with ISPs of any kind. I'm in this business, you fools are totally tooled all the time. ZH has so many trackers installed in the site it can barely load.

red1chief's picture

It's fun to click on the bizzare ads, like the Russian Women ones. Then I get to see them on all the websites I visit.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

coug, what's the best way to stay private?

greenskeeper carl's picture

Thats a true story. Everytime I go somewhere that requires me to turn off ghostery to (usually) pay a utility bill or something and I come back here without turning ghostery back on, its insane. It really is the slowest site I visit to load. The number of trackers fills up my screen. Same with when I come here on Tor. My mac can takes forever to load the page, and it seems like every other site I visit runs slower if ZH is in a tab with ghostery paused.

 

Edit: by the time I scrolled down to the bottom of the page with blocking turned off, it was 109 trackers. I would have guessed half that many.

techpriest's picture

The site is a lot more fun with YesScript - it's a one-click "turn off everything," and with 109 trackers, what are they even doing at that point? It's counter-productive.

espirit's picture

It's all a con.

Late bloomers are all upset.

asteroids's picture

Funny. Are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc. allowed to listen on your phone calls and sell that info to the highest bidder?

WillyGroper's picture

if you pay attention to what you're saying, then look at spam calls, the answer is yes.  they pay $60 for your browsing info.

commodity to be harvested. baaaaa baaaaa

i told a friend the mortician wasn't getting my gold crowns...started getting all sorts of prepaid burial calls & snail mail.

same thing for verbage health related.

smart meters know when you pee.

ClassicalLib17's picture

Are you referring to the "computer experts" from microsoft who call my home at least once a month stating that they detected a problem with my computer? These cocksuckers won't even cut off the call when I start cursing at them. Except the one guy that I kept on the line for thirty minutes trying to get me to turn over control of my computer to him. He hung up when I said that his mother looked mighty pretty last night with those legs up in the air. Afterwards I kind of felt ill when it dawned on me what she could possibly look like... naked! Oh the horror... the horror...

WillyGroper's picture

no.

you can clearly read my comment said in jest was picked up on by PPB ghouls.

they have bots that sound like humans & it's getting more difficult to tell unless they talk over you.

these bastids will have their number for outgoing only so you can't call them back.

had one get shitty calling back after i hung up on them & curse me.  their line was duplex so i made a list, used selective call forwarding & routed every scam/solicitation call to them.

another thing to try is using SCF to a disconnected number.  depending on their tech, they may or may not be able to pick it up.

don't know if the dnc registry has a number as we know it's another welfare job, but everybody & their dog should route this crap to them if they do, or their alleged rep.

red1chief's picture

This is one instance where we need more RINO's. Where are they when you need them?

slightlyskeptical's picture

So you Republicans believe that it is ok to put into law the right for people to sell your privacy? You really are a fucked up bunch, although I dp agree with some of your stances.

GreatUncle's picture

Please oh please snowflake, it was instigated by Obama before he left office.

You might want to consider it Democrat legislation before casting false accusations.

Go check ... then wise up.

The Iconoclast's picture

This is wicked fucked.  Internet providers should provide for their users to be able to make TCP and UDP socket connections and that's it.

What they've done is the equivalent of letting the phone company market a list of all the calls you've made to anyone willing to pay.

It's none of their god damned business.

Very disappointing, Republicans.  Very disappointing.

DavidC's picture

I'm sorry, but America is so fucked up.

DavidC

Friedrich not Salma's picture

The Fluoridated water is paying off. And just see how things go once forced vaccines are in 49 more states.

uhland62's picture

And like a viral diesease it has been spreading to Australia. 

We know that we have wall to wall/24/7 monitoring and surveillance in this country.

For months and months now, email facilities are intermittant, driving people to distraction.

There has been NO, NO, NO explanation because they cannot be assumed to be so incompetent that the changeover to National Broadband Network is causing so much trouble over such a long period of time.

What we now have to conclude is that the surveillance authorities are hacked all the time by intruders of all stripes and rather than not having any surveillance at all they shut the system off, many times a day, sometimes for several days.

I don't know how to blow sense into the politicians who tolerate these systems - it stinks.