online privacy

Senate Republicans Just Gave a Huge ‘F*ck You’ to Online Privacy

Today, Senate Republicans voted to make it easier for internet service providers to sell information about customers without their consent, Buzzfeed reports.

The vote was to repeal an Obama-era Federal Communications Commission rule requiring internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to gain customers’ permission before selling their information to third-party companies. This information includes sensitive data like user location and browsing history (i.e. what kind of porn you’ve been watching).

This information can be used by marketers for targeted advertising or other commercial services.

The vote passed 50-48. Every Democrat voted against it. All but two Republicans voted for it, with the others abstaining.

Buzzfeed writes:

Following the vote to repeal, the sole Democratic Commissioners of the FCC and FTC, Mignon Clyburn and Terrell McSweeny, said in a joint statement that the legislation is the “antithesis” of putting consumers first. “It also creates a massive gap in consumer protection law as broadband and cable companies now have no discernible privacy requirements,” they said.

Now that it has passed the Senate, the resolution will move to the House of Representatives.