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Letter to the editor: Privacy vote

April 10, 2017

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To the editor:

In November, a Federal Communications Commission ruling was made to prevent broadband providers such as Comcast, AT&T;, etc., from collecting and giving out individuals’ digital information (websites and apps) without prior approval from subscribers. This ruling was a response to an executive order by President Obama to protect personal privacy.

Last month both the House of Representatives and the Senate introduced resolutions to disapprove the FCC rule protecting the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services.

Last week both the House and Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 34 and on March 30 the bill was presented to President Trump for signature.

SJR34 passed the Senate 50-48 and the House 215-205. Needless to say, this resolution passed by a party-line vote.

The effect of the act will be that internet service providers can obtain information from our internet activities and provide this information (sell it) to commercial enterprises. The explanation is that, since search engine companies like Google do this, why not let our service providers cash in too.

I leave it to you to decide if our Republican senators and representatives have our best interests in mind, and if you have strong feelings about this, remember this the next time you vote.

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