The Senate voted to allow ISPs to sell your data without your knowledge

Sponsors and co-sponsors of this Bill received funds from the telecom and communication industry.

From Communications/Electronics sector PACs 2015-2016
Bill Sponsor: *Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] – $60,500

Sen. Shelby, Richard C. [R-AL] $52,000
Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK] $22,500
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] $130,500
Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] $9,500
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] $147,425
Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] $166,750
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] $15,000
Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY] $55,500
Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] $61,500
Sen. Cochran, Thad [R-MS] $17,300
*Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] $48,500
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] $302,000
*Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] $78,550
*Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] $86,500

Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]

Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] $255,500

Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] $24,000

*Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] $5,000
*Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] $51,500
Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] $151,670
Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] $9,000
Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] $151,000
*Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] $18,000
(* = Up for re-election in 2018)

Data from
SJ Res 34

SUMMARY: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts final rules based on public comments applying the privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) and other telecommunications services. In adopting these rules the Commission implements the statutory requirement that telecommunications carriers protect the confidentiality of customer proprietary information. The privacy framework in these rules focuses on transparency, choice, and data security, and provides heightened protection for sensitive customer information, consistent with customer expectations.

The rules require carriers to provide privacy notices that clearly and accurately inform customers; obtain opt-in or opt-out customer approval to use and share sensitive or non-sensitive customer proprietary information, respectively; take reasonable measures to secure customer proprietary information; provide notification to customers, the Commission, and law enforcement in the event of data breaches that could result in harm; not condition provision of service on the surrender of privacy rights; and provide heightened notice and obtain affirmative consent when offering financial incentives in exchange for the right to use a customer’s confidential information. The Commission also revises its current telecommunications privacy rules to harmonize today’s privacy rules for all telecommunications carriers, and provides a tailored exemption from these rules for enterprise customers of telecommunications services other than BIAS.
• Broadband Service Plans
• Geo-location
• MAC Addresses and Other Device Identifiers
• IP Addresses and Domain Name Information
• Traffic Statistics
• Port Information
• Application Header
• Application Usage
• Application Payload
• Customer Premises Equipment and Device Information
BIAS providers can use traffic statistics to determine the amount of use (e.g., date, time, and duration), and to identify patterns such as when the customer is at home, at work, or elsewhere, or reveal other highly personal information.
This eliminates choice and disclosure requirements for ISPs. They will not be required to let you know how they’re using your information. Choice, what the GOP seems to champion as an American value, is gone.


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