Say goodbye to your privacy

Billie Firmin, Editor

On March 28th, 2017, the House of Representatives voted along party lines to repeal Internet privacy laws that would have required internet service providers to receive permission from users before collecting and sharing their data.

The United States Senate voted to repeal the laws earlier in the week, and the bill is waiting to be signed by President Trump.

The laws were approved by the Federal Communications Commission during the final months of the Obama administration and had not yet gone into effect.

Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, introduced the repeal and described the rules as “unnecessary, confusing and adds yet another innovation-stifling regulation to the internet.”

These rules, however, are blatantly clear and simply add privacy protection for consumers while using the internet. There is no reason that companies should be able to collect data without permission from their supporters.

Internet privacy advocates such as ‘Fight for the Future’ and many Democrats are opposed to the bill.

Democratic House Representative Michael Capuano of Massachusetts stated “Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet. Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?”

The White House released a statement after the House vote that President Trump supported the repeal.

After Trump accused former president Barack Obama- without evidence- of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 election, it is rather hypocritical of him to support a bill that allows companies to take consumers information without their knowledge or consent.

The future of consumer privacy is now in question, not only on the internet but everywhere. A single event can set off a chain reaction, and a repeal like this could lead to privacy rights being stripped from citizens around the country.

President Trump has signed the bill to repeal the internet privacy laws, and by signing he proved once again that he is not a president for all Americans. If he was, he would have taken into consideration how this will affect ordinary citizens and not only big businesses.


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