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Congress Just Voted Against Your Internet Privacy Rights

Keyboard computerJPGWe've all noticed ads popping up on the Internet for things we just searched  for on other websites. Apparently, advertisers are targeting us because they have access to our browsing and app history--whether we  want them to or not.

Back in October, new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would have given you some control over what Internet service providers (ISPs) could do with your personal info, like your app and browsing history, your location, things you've shopped for online . . . .

It isn't enough that you've been paying those companies big bucks for your Web access. Big ISPs like Verizon and AT&T made extra money selling your info to advertisers.

Naturally, big ISPs pressured the FCC to not make rules protecting your privacy, but the FCC voted along party lines to protect your rights: 3 Democrats for our privacy and 2 Republicans against it.

Again, that was October 2016.  Fast forward to 2017.  Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to erase FCC rules protecting our privacy: 48 Dems voted for your rights, and 50 Republicans voted against you.

Yesterday, the U.S. House also voted against your privacy rights along party lines: again, Republicans voted overwhelmingly for Big ISPs.

One question: why are so many Republican Congressmen against protecting your privacy rights, despite the fact that you pay ISPs dearly for your Internet access?

The bill has been sent to Pres. Trump, and he is expected to sign it.  Let's hope that he surprises everyone and votes to protect your rights instead.

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