Friday, March 24, 2017

How senators voted on S.J. Res. 34 — the bill letting Internet providers sell your browsing history

First, an explanation of what the Senate did yesterday, from PCGamer:
     Well, this is bullshit. Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate just voted to overturn a set of privacy rules that were written in 2016 to prevent Internet service providers from sharing (selling, really) your Internet usage information, including your browsing history, The Washington Post reports.
     Oh, it gets worse. The rules only existed in the first place because the FCC implemented them last year, then under the leadership of chairman Tom Wheeler. As written, ISPs and wireless carries such as Comcast and AT&T must get permission from customers in order to share their personal information, including which websites they frequent. Today the Republican-led Senate voted 50-48 on a joint resolution that would not only rescind those rules, but bar the FCC from passing similar consumer protections in the future.
Who voted how? With two nonvotes (Thank you Rand Paul and Johnny Isakson) the short summary is this: no Dems or Independents voted for this outrage, only Republicans. Two GOP senators didn't vote:

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