Jeff Flake’s Bill to Roll Back Internet Protections Passes U.S. House, Threatening Arizonans’ Privacy

Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass Jeff Flake’s bill that lets internet service providers sell users’ personal data for a profit. Alexis Tameron, Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, released the following statement:

“Last week, Jeff Flake was willing to go along with the Republican plan to sell out health care to insurance companies, and now he’s pushing to let telecommunication companies profit from your browsing history. These votes make it clear that Flake and his fellow Republicans aren’t looking out for Arizonans, they’re looking out for their own deep-pocketed interests.”

Here’s what this bill means for Arizonans’ privacy [The Verge, 3/27/17]:

  • Internet service providers “will be free to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission — and no one will be able to protect you”
  • Eliminates “the nation’s strongest privacy protections” on the Internet
  • You have no say in what data, including Social Security numbers and financial and health information, is sold to third party companies