Monday, 27 March 2017 03:39

Letter: Privacy protections of internet users in peril

Recently, an internet privacy joint resolution (S.J. Res. 34), passed the U.S. Senate, with the support of Sen. Orrin Hatch. This resolution seeks to gut the FCC privacy protections that every U.S. internet user currently has. It would allow an Internet Service Provider ("ISP") to search your browsing habits, then target advertisements to you based on what things you search for and what websites you visit.Allowing ISPs to search your internet history and sell it to advertisers is a tremendous infringement on our privacy. When going online on your personal mobile phone or in the privacy of your own home, there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, especially given that most people pay for their internet service. Your browsing history and online habits are more revealing than any other form of media or communication. It is an insight into your deepest thoughts and your largest fears. In essence, it is a glimpse into a part of your soul that makes you who you are.
This is why ISPs are aggressively pressuring our politicians to grant them access to our inner most selves. S.J. Res. 34 would allow them to sell it to the highest bidder. It now goes to the U.S. House. Please contact your representative to express your desire to keep your online activities private by asking them oppose this resolution.
Jeremy H. Smith


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