Today, Thursday, March 23rd, Congress will vote on whether to use a special legislative mechanism called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back the FCC’s landmark broadband privacy rules for Internet Service Providers (like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon) that many of us fought hard for last year.. The 22 senators behind this controversial resolution have received more than $1.6 million from the very same companies that would profit from this.
If these privacy protections are removed, ISPs will be able to do the following:
- Monitor and sell all your location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits to advertisers without your permission
- Hijack your search results, redirecting your traffic to paying third parties
- Insert ads into web pages that would otherwise not have them
Read the full text of the resolution here.
This is going to be a close vote. Below are the names, numbers, and twitter handles of key members of Congress who could vote to uphold current broadband privacy rules.
If you want to call them now to ask them to protect our privacy, here’s a sample script you could use:
"Hi, my name is ____ , I’m calling to ask Senator ____ to vote against the CRA proposal to roll back the FCC’s broadband privacy rules. Please don’t let Internet Service Providers sell my personal information without my permission."
You can also tweet at your representatives, something like:
Dear @RepTwitterHandle please protect #BroadbandPrivacy. Don’t let ISPs sell my personal information.
Here are the key lawmakers:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski * (202) 224-6665 * @lisamurkowski
Sen. Susan Collins * (202) 224-2523 * @SenatorCollins
Sen. Jerry Moran * (202) 224-6521 * @JerryMoran
Sen. Cory Gardner * (202) 224-5941 * @SenCoryGardner
Sen. Benjamin Sasse * (202) 224-4224 * @BenSasse
Sen. Dean Heller * (202) 224-6244 * @SenDeanHeller