Congressmen Doyle and Capuano Start Petition to Protect Broadband Privacy

 
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) announced that he and Representative Mike Capuano (D-MA-7) have started a petition on Whitehouse.gov calling on President Trump to veto S.J.Res. 34, legislation that would overturn a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation protecting Americans’ broadband internet privacy. Click here to read the petition.
 
“This bill has been rushed through both the House and Senate at breakneck speed with one clear goal – to get it signed into law before the American People know about it,” Congressman Doyle observed today after initiating the petition. 
 
“Americans do not want their internet browsing history and sensitive personal information used by their ISP without their knowledge for advertising or any other purposes,” Congressman Capuano said earlier today. “I cannot imagine why anyone would support this.”
 
S.J.Res. 34 would overturn the FCC’s recent regulations requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to secure users’ consent before collecting and sharing sensitive data about them with other businesses. In October, the FCC adopted these rules to protect the privacy of internet users. These rules required broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to secure consumers’ consent before using or sharing any of their sensitive data like financial information, Social Security Numbers, or web browsing history
 
“These modest rules don’t stop Internet Service Providers from using data for advertising, and profiling, and whatever else—so long as they ask first,” Congressman Doyle said yesterday on the House Floor. “Broadband providers see literally everything you do online. Without these rules, these companies don’t have to ask before selling all that information, and they don’t have to take “reasonable measures” to protect that information when they collect it.”
 
The FCC regulations allowed ISPs to use and share non-sensitive consumer information unless a consumer proactively opted out. These rules also required broadband providers to undertake reasonable measures to protect consumers’ data security.
 
S.J.Res. 34 would disapprove the FCC’s broadband privacy rules. Moreover, it would prohibit federal agencies from issuing similar consumer protection legislation in the future without further action by Congress. 
 
It was approved by the Senate on March 23 by a party-line vote of 50 to 48, and the House approved S.J.Res. 34 yesterday by a vote of 215 to 205, with 215 Republicans voting in favor of it. It will now go to the President for his signature – or veto.
 
 
 
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