Verizon was one of several giant ISPs that paid lobbied the GOP and Trump administration to gut consumer broadband privacy rules earlier this year. Lawmakers admitted they utilized the public's focus on losing health care to quickly dismantle the rules, which would have required ISPs be more transparent about what personal data is collected and sold, and provide working opt out tools for those interested in privacy. The rules were crafted after Verizon was caught covertly tracking users around the internet and AT&T tried to make privacy a luxury option for an additional fee.
After killing the rules, numerous states came forth with their own privacy proposals, and ISP lobbyists have been busy trying to kill those, as well.
Lobbyists for Google, Verizon, Comcast and AT&T collectively killed one such proposal in California, after falsely telling lawmakers the new law would embolden nazis, increase pop ups, and harm consumers. Now Verizon is taking things one step further, by lobbying the FCC to step in and prevent states from protecting consumer privacy.
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everybody wants protection from criminals be it isis or hackers or some other radical group or someone trying to steal something from you or harm you, the problem is granting the government or isp,s power to track their communications also opens the doors to our privacy and abuse of that power by individuals working for those company's or the company,s themselves ! you cant just say check them not me tap their phone not mine. we have entered an era where if you want protection you have to give up your privacy and your freedom if you want the perception of freedom
It is for tracking you for "Marketing Purposes" which should be illegal!!!
You voted them in...
Let's face it, we don't have much privacy anyway. You can always use Tor browser to keep things more private.
Most anyone with a cell phone can easily be tracked in some form or fashion. Credit cards also provide a method for tracking people. For many applications, to avoid tracking you could provide a fake name and fake address, but the service provider will still have your real information.
I can't believe we have to keep fighting for net neutrality and internet privacy. The general public does not seem to care or is completely ignorant of this grave situation.
It's a "Follow the Money", big money rules, look at Identity Theft for example. Someone gets loan, Credit Card or what ever in your name. You have to prove it was not you and after you prove it you have no recourse against the Company for issuing the false Account. You want Privacy, Zuckerman wants your Info for FaceBook Profit, he has billions you have thousands, who gets the Law changed to benefit who???
I strongly recommend you become familiar of the pro's and con's of both sides of this issue (activists rarely do). I'm sure you will be surprised!
It's far from cut'n dried.......
how do you separate invasion of privacy and helpful adds with information gathered about you ? if you search for a tv online and all of a sudden all these helpful adds about TV's come up that's helpful! donate money to a charitable group and have them sell you name to another group and all of a sudden your getting harassed with phone calls for money, that's not helpful! information gathering is big business for the government and business and a lot of abuse is going on with what some of them do with your information . how do you control what type of information is gathered or do you just say I'm always legal let them know everything about me I don't care ? have you given up your privacy ? today medical information is shared for research, finance information is shared for your credit rating, where is the line where you don't want your information shared ? complicated isn't it? each person has a little different line with what there willing to share !
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