This is REALLY bad news for avid web users (so basically everyone). On March 24, the Senate voted to overturn internet privacy rules put in place to protect users from having their personal data bought and sold without their permission. Here’s what that means for you.
This is YUGE in a very bad way. The Senate decided to nix a measure put in place by the Obama administration that protects you from having your internet data taken and used without your permission on March 24. Now AT&T, Charter, Comcast and more broadband companies will be completely unregulated and can do what they please with info like your browsing history, app usage or even the past locations of your device. That’s majorly creepy!
The vote was lost by a super close margin of 50 to 48. It’s especially upsetting because Obama’s rules hadn’t even gone into effect yet, and now they never will. Sen. John Cornyn from Texas said that “The FCC privacy rules are just another example of burdensome rules that hurt more than they help,” but that seems to be the opinion of someone who doesn’t really understand the internet the way the younger generation does.
Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy told the LA Times why it’s so sinister for these corporations to go unchecked. “These companies have built a ‘big data’ business model to track — and profit — from our every move online,” he said. Ick.
The same applies to Facebook or Google, which know a scary amount about you based on your search history. Now they will be able to sell that data to companies who may want to target you for products or services without even asking you. Plus,you’ll see more and more ads that seem a LITTLE too close for comfort. Now more than ever, make sure to read all of the fine print on any site you use, and know that what you’re looking at or searching will be used against you.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the unsettling decision? Is it a big deal, or are you unbothered? Let us know!