While much of the news has been dominated by the failures of Republicans to make good on signature campaign promises (think: border wall, Trumpcare), congressional Republicans have quietly passed a number of dangerous bills that will have tremendous consequences for everyday Americans. Case in point: on Tuesday, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow internet service providers to sell your internet browsing history to the highest bidder. This rolls back regulations put in place by the Obama administration to protect our internet privacy.
As reported by the Washington Post: “Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access in an era of Republican dominance.”
“In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast of protections approved just last year that had sought to limit what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers.”
This is a gift from Republicans to Verizon, AT&T and Comcast. More accurately, this is repayment from Republicans to the telecommunications industry, which has poured millions of dollars into Republican coffers over the years. All at our expense.